May 10, 2015 me_charity

Periscope seeks better ways to combat internet piracy

After making headlines during the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight as people gathered there to watch the fight of the century for free, Periscope aims to innovate and fight piracy.

Periscope founder Kayvon Beykpour said that they were “completely unprepared” for the event, and rights holders of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight had given them 66 take-down requests on Saturday. Thirty of the unauthorized streams were removed within a few minutes. However, they weren’t able to comply with the rest as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) process may not suit live stream take-down notices.

But Beykpour is hopeful and said that there are tools that can be used to resolve piracy issues in real-time, and Periscope is interested in making partnerships in order to develop these tools.

In response to the media hype surrounding Periscope’s piracy incidents with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and Game of Thrones, Beykpour reacted, “Generally, there’s way more media attention than there is a problem. There’s probably an order of magnitude more articles about the Game of Thrones thing than actual streams of Game of Thrones.” He also added that the live streaming app isn’t ideal for movies or television shows like Game of Thrones, and that Periscope is meant to be a social and interactive platform.

Periscope is currently “brainstorming” with Showtime and HBO about better ways to combat piracy. type=’text/javascript’ src=’’>

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