"...will improve its tools for those would wish to challenge a DMCA takedown..."
Astonishing. Most especially in an era where governments are moving towards both "guilty upon accusation" (e.g. copyright infringement) and "guilty until proven innocent" (e.g. being allowed to fly, take photos, enter public buildings). From a business standpoint it just doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s sort of like tilting at China over censorship; a battle they will eventually lose.
It is moves like this – defending our freedoms in ways our governments long ago rejected responsibility for – that almost make me think Google isn’t evil. Still, I can’t imagine that the other collected megacorporates and governments will let Google get away with helping to empower “the little guy” for much longer.
+1 to you, Google.