Microsoft serves notice to sites hosting Xbox 720 road map

Microsoft's takedown notices appear to confirm the authenticity of a huge document — a 50-page PowerPoint file — that purports to lay out the road map for its upcoming Xbox 720 console.

(Credit: Microsoft)

A Czech tech news site called Ihned (translation here) said it received a notice recently from Microsoft internet investigator Alan Radford, requesting that the site remove its "copyrighted works" from its website. In a notice, obtained by The Verge, Microsoft claims that the site was "offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorised activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft".

WP Central yesterday reported that Dropbox has also banned the file from its service. The reporter, "RogueCode", said that when he tried to open the document via Dropbox, he was sent to a page saying that it was "no longer available, due to a takedown request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by Microsoft".

Microsoft's document, which showcased the company's purported plans for its next console, popped up on Scribd over the weekend. Soon after, international law firm Covington & Burling, which lists Microsoft as one of its clients, had the document taken down from the site.

Microsoft is certainly no stranger to takedown requests. According to Google's Transparency Report, it has requested the removal of more URLs — over 480,000 — in the last month than any other company. NBC Universal is in second place, with nearly 242,000 takedown requests.

At this time, Microsoft has not responded to CNET's request for comment.


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