Microsoft Claim Copyright Of The Number ’45’, And Then Use Games Websites As Sources

Rather amusingly Microsoft have decided they own the number 45.

The BBC reports that they and many other sites including the Huffington Post, Techcrunch and AMC Theatres had pages targeted for removed from Google due to ‘copyright infringements’. It appears that an automated process which ‘which crawls the web for attempts to illegally share Microsoft content’ had decided Microsoft own the number 45 and requested the removal of hundreds of pages.


Another page listed for removal from the search engine was for a BBC CBeebies page which somehow includes copyrighted material regarding Windows 8 Beta.

The ’45’ is obviously a mistake, however reading further down the list reveals something rather odd…

Copyright claim #3:
Spec Ops The Line (XBOX360)
microsoft xbox games
Original work URL(s):

Microsoft then list a number of torrents and warez sites which have Spec Ops: The Line on offer. Obviously removing pirated material from the web is a good thing but why are Microsoft making a claim on behalf of 2K and using Gamespot as the source material?

Another example:

Copyright claim #26:
Risen 2 Dark Waters (XBOX360) (1)
microsoft xbox games
Original work URL(s):

Microsoft claiming copyright infringement on behalf of Deep Silver using IGN as source material.

Source: BBC 



  1. Ha! Ridiculous.
    Next thing you know Sony will sue Kevin Butler…

  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 [REDACTED] 46 47 48 49 50.

  3. Haha, looks like we need to think of an alternative for 45 now.

    PS. Hate to be that guy but the title has a spelling mistake – “Microsft”

  4. Last time i checked, 45 was public domain and anyone can use it. 45. *gets sued for using it* Seeing as MS are claiming copyright on a number, i’m claiming copyright on oxygen. *sues everyone*

    I’m pretty sure they will get laughed out of court as you can’t claim copyright on a number unless it’s the title of an IP. What’s next? Valve claiming copyright on all types of cakes? EA claiming copyright on football?

    • Rooney copyrighting on well… hair?

    • Looks like Cornershop will have to re-write some lyrics. :/

  5. it’s the answer to death, the empy space and nothing

  6. What’s this – microsoft taking something ‘open-source’ and trying to claim it as their own? – never! ;)

  7. Must be a marketing campaign for exclusive Hitman DLC… where you don the barcode of Agent 45… or something.

  8. Clearly a mistake as 45 is the total number of copies of Risen 2 to be played on a microsoft platform.

  9. and these companies want to be able to permanently ban people from the internet without evidence, on the say so of these mindless copyright bots.

    what’s their punishment for these false claim of copyright infringement?
    sod all as far as i can tell.

    and yeah, it’s clearly a mistake, but that just highlights how wrong the whole system is.
    they have these bots scouring the internet that then automatically send out cease and desist notifications without anybody ever checking the legitimacy of the results.

    this is why crap like sopa was totally wrong, even assuming it wasn’t abused deliberately, and we all know it would be, there’s still thousands of bots running around the net looking for anything even remotely resembling something their owners holds the rights to, or in this, and many other cases, doesn’t.

    if these companies make false claims they should be banned from the internet for a period of at least a year.
    they’d check their bloody results then wouldn’t they.

    how long ago was it viacom, i think, had the Last of Us trailer removed from Naughty Dog’s youtube account?

    • Thank you for pointing out the real mistake in all this. That Microsoft (and other “rights holders”) are using bots to crawl the internet and issue automatic DMCA takedown notices with no apparent penalty for false accusation.

    • calm down dear it’s only the number 45

  10. So, the new Xbox will be the 4.5?

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