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Copyright holders have Periscope in their sights

Denham Sadler /

Twitter’s live streaming app Periscope is under increasing threat from copyright holders, with takedown notices becoming more common since its launch.

 

In its newly released Transparency Report, Twitter reveals it has received 1391 notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for illegal streams through the app, and has complied with 71%, as Digiday reports.

 

Periscope was launched in late March, but it seems the app’s ability to allow people to illegally watch large sporting events or television shows without paying has only recently been noticed by copyright holders.

 

In April Twitter only received 17 infringement notices, a number which increased to nearly 1000 in June.

 

HBO slammed Periscope after several users utilised the platform to live-stream the season five premiere of Game of Thrones earlier this year.

 

“We feel developers should have tools which proactively prevent mass copyright infringement from occurring on their apps and not be solely reliant upon notifications,” a HBO spokeswoman said at the time.

 

In its terms and conditions, Periscope says it doesn’t support copyright infringement, but also only relies on reports from other users about offending streams.

 

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Denham Sadler

Denham Sadler is a former editor of StartupSmart. He was previously a journalist at the publication and has worked as a freelancer for the Guardian, the Saturday Paper and the ABC. In his spare time he likes puns and jaffles.

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