Came across the following notice when searching on Google. It would appear the BSA used the DCMA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) to issue a take-down notice on Google. Without wishing to defend the actions of the websites themselves, I find it disgraceful that search engines are being censored in this way. Watch out for more intervention in free speech coming your way soon.
I reproduce the text as listed at http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=5008
BSA Claims Infringement
December 11, 2007
Sender Information: Business Software Alliance
Sent by: Director of Internet Enforcement
Recipient Information: [Private]
Mountain View, CA, 94043, USA
Sent via: email
Re: Infringement Notification for Web Search
1. The copyrighted works at issue are Microsoft Windows , CodeGear, and numerous other copyrighted works.
2. Search Query:
Infringing web pages:
registration key http://www.serials.ws/
serial numbers http://www.serials.ws/
serial numbers http://www.serialportal.com/
serial numbers http://www.grep.ws/
serial numbers http://www.myserials.com/
oem software http://xcheap.info/
cheap software http://www.zoomerart.net/index.php?target=price
3. I can be contacted at [private]@bsa.org. In the future, [private] (a new member of my team) will be sending these notices.
4. The above website does not provide any contact information.
5. Based upon BSA's representation of the copyright owners in anti-piracy matters, we have a good faith belief that none of the materials or activities listed above have been authorized by the rightholders, their agents, or the law.
6. BSA represents that the information in this notification is accurate and states, under penalty of perjury, that it is authorized to act in this matter on behalf of the copyright owners listed above.
Director of Internet Enforcement
Business Software Alliance