DMCA complaint effects the Google SERPs

Came across this today when doing a Google search for “seo company”:

In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org.

That they take DMCA complaints seriously at G might be newsworthy per se – but posting this notice on a SERPs page is even more noteworthy.

  • MattCutts

    We’ve done that for several years; since 2002 I believe. I think every time a result would have shown up (that had a DMCA complaint against it), we show this message. It’s good because it gives the searcher some notice that we had to take action under the DMCA.

  • IrishWonder

    Thanks for clarification Matt, I personally have noticed it for the first time and I don’t realy remember anyone writing much about G in connection with DMCA before so I thought I’d post it. It is certainly a helpful feature as searchers should be aware of any manual action taken by G in this case.