How Long Until Periscope Gets Hit With A Copyright Lawsuit?


Periscope is the next wave of social media to hit the Internet and world. Not satisfied with Twitter, Facebook and Google+ millions of users are hitting the Periscope airwaves broadcasting everything from eating dinner to helping the homeless. But there are other uses for Periscope, uses that could cause Periscope’s parent company (Twitter) to get hit with a copyright lawsuit. I decided to check out Periscope to see what the talk was all about and I found the service very interesting. I can see some uses for it for our website and for myself. I watched one girl in Chicago feeding the homeless on the street, a sweet gesture and an awesome thing! I also watched one guy sing and play piano which was rather fun as well. Other stuff I watched was just kind of gross and really inappropriate.

But today as I was browsing I ran across a broadcast from Petosky Michigan untitled, “Come Watch A Movie With Us”. That piqued my interest and also begged the question, could Periscope be used to spread copyrighted material across the web? I clicked the link and I was in a theater in Petosky, Michigan, not sure which movie it was but it was a theater. I captured a few screenshots before the broadcast ended and was gone.


According to an August Venturebeat report Periscope has already been hit (from April-June) with almost 1400 DMCA takedown notices which they have complied with 71% of the time. The question now is, as the service continues to grow how will Periscope deal with the influx of copyrighted material hitting the platform? It’s almost certainly impossible to find every broadcast that’s showing copyrighted content. Periscope’s TOS states the following:

Twitter, Inc. respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of Periscope Services to do the same. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us.

We reserve the right to remove Content alleged to be infringing without prior notice and at our sole discretion. In appropriate circumstances, Periscope will also terminate a user’s account if the user is determined to be a repeat infringer.

Twitter/Periscope is certainly doing what it can to discourage and prevent copyrighted material from being broadcast but is it enough to stop a major Hollywood studio from deciding that enough is enough and slap a lawsuit on them? Only time will tell if Periscope can effectively police their users content and if it’s enough to satisfy the copyright holders.

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