I have a VM instance on GCP, and I have received the following mail from email@example.com
Google has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that some of the materials in your
Google Cloud Platform project, [redacted but this is correct my
project id], allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others.
Unless you resolve this alleged infringement within 3 business days,
we will be required to remove the material in question by suspending
your project or VM, or such other action as we deem necessary, and we
will not provide additional notifications before removal.
The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for
online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement.
For more information on your and Google’s obligations under the DMCA,
for the process that Google requires in order to make a DMCA
To avoid Google intervention on the material in question, you must do
one of the following within 3 businessdays:
Reply to this email and submit a counter notification pursuant to
sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the DMCA. (For more information about
the requirements of a counter notification, see
or Remove the allegedly infringing content from your project. Please
note that unresolved repeated violations of the DMCA may result not
only in your project being suspended, but also your Google account
being disabled as well.
If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain
your own legal counsel. If you have any other questions about this
notification, please let us know.
The affected URLs are listed below:
https://[redacted. this is unreachable url starts with
https://[redacted. this is unreachable url formatted as
https://IP_ADDRESS:443. when I visited
http://IP_ADDRESS, it says Error: Not Found The requested URL / was
not found on this server.]
Regards, The Google Team
However, I have absolutely no idea why I got this mail. I only got one VM instance on the project, and the external IP of the VM instance has absolutely no relationship with both
IP_ADDRESS appeared on the 'affected URLs' section. My VM instance only got a tomcat server running and it hosts one thing, my first ever jsp project which does not serve any copyright-infringing content.
I've replied to this email like 10 hours ago and got no response so far, and the other help channels, including GCP online chat support and regional GCP phone number, didn't help either as they're focused on billing issues.
Anyone else had similar DMCA takedown issue with GCP? If I accidentally used copyrighted material, I'm going to remove it from my server ASAP, but it's pretty hard because they gave me no useful information other than 2 completely useless URLs which are seemingly unrelated to my project.