Lionsgate are fucking me

Earlier today, I was checking my analytics and other stats through Google when I noticed that my URL popped up in a list of Google’s ‘Transparency Report’, this is basically a list of domains that companies have asked Google not to show results for and is mainly filled with torrent and streaming sites, so it is understandable why companies wouldn’t want them listed on Google, even though it is a next to useless exercise as every torrent site has a million proxies.

So, I scrolled down to find that my website had a takedown request through Google, I looked into it and it was from Entura International LTD acting on behalf of Lionsgate. The date that the request was made was 15th April 2015, which was a time in which I hadn’t posted any reviews, so I went back to find the last review of a Lionsgate film that I posted and it turned out that it was my review of ‘Hunger Games – Mockingjay: Part 1’.

The reason given from Entura International LTD to Google for the takedown request was that my review was a breach of copyright, which is utter bullshit. I am well within my right to review and say whatever I like about any film that I have seen, including using images of the film as that is classed as fair use as I am not profiting from their creative license. Also, Lionsgate is an American company, and America is all about freedom of speech, but I guess Lionsgate thinks that you are only allowed free speech as long as you are being nice about their films.

If you read my review, you can see that I was perfectly fair, I didn’t utterly condemn the film, I even enjoyed some parts of the film, I mean for fuck sakes I gave it a 6/10 which is far from the worst review I have given but not a single other studio have cared, except Lionsgate.

The nice thing about Google’s Transparency Report is that I can see how many times a direct link to my Mockingjay review was supposed to be shown to Google users but was omitted because of this bullshit copyright claim, 1,403. That is 1,403 users that should have been able to view my Hunger Games review that couldn’t.

Lionsgate has absolutely disgusted me by doing this, I am by no means a huge review website and I try to keep my site growing as much as possible and by blocking one of my reviews from showing up on Google, Lionsgate has potentially hampered my growth due to my fair review.

What I did was to Google well known critics who gave Mockingjay part 1 a bad review followed by the words mockingjay and guess what, they all showed up on Google. This evidently to me is showing that Lionsgate are picking on the smaller critics thinking that they won’t realise or do anything about it. Now I admit, it has taken me a while to realise that this has happened but still, I will not be silent while they hamper my potential growth.

I urge you reading this, that if you have written a less than fantastic review of Mockingjay Part 1, check to see if you can find the post on Google by going to Google and typing whoisthemanfromkrypton hunger games. Obviously replacing my site name with yours, and please, if you have had the same takedown request from Entura representing Lionsgate, don’t sit and take it, make as much noise as possible, show the cunts at Lionsgate that they cannot fuck people for honestly reviewing a film of theirs.

Until I have received a formal apology from Lionsgate and they have removed the copyright strike against me on Google, I shall be boycotting every Lionsgate film. I suggest that fellow content creators do the same.

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