People have been using Periscope, Twitter’s live-streaming app and rival to Meerkat, to stream episodes of Game of Thrones to their viewers. As I’m sure you can imagine, HBO isn’t happy about that at all and has issued numerous takedown notices. On top of that, the company released a statement expressing its belief that services such as Periscope should be preventing copyright infringement before it even happens.
HBO has sent takedown notices to Periscope after users of the Twitter-owned live-streaming app were using it to broadcast the fifth-season premiere of Game of Thrones on Sunday night. “We are aware of Periscope and have sent takedown notices,” an HBO spokeswoman said in a statement. “In general, we feel developers should have tools which proactively prevent mass copyright infringement from occurring on their apps and not be solely reliant upon notifications.” Periscope, which allows people to live-stream video from their phones to their Twitter followers with the click of a button, notes in its terms of service that it does not support copyright infringement, but currently relies on reports from users alerting the company to the infringement. “We respect the intellectual property rights of others and expect Periscope users to do the same,” the TOS read. “We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us.”