Periscope in Talks with Media Companies over Piracy

By Tim Maytom

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Twitter-owned video app Periscope is in talks with prominent media companies about how to address piracy being carried out using the service, which enables users to live-stream content and promote the feed via Twitter.

Several high-profile television events have been illegally broadcast through the app, including the prize fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, and the April premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones, both of which normally require subscriptions to watch.

Media companies have been consistently demanding improvements to live-streaming apps, with technology used to automate the takedown process or the removal of unauthorised copyrighted material.

Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, said that Twitter and Periscope need to respond to media companies’ concerns while speaking at the Re/code conference this week, while last month HBO called for “tools that proactively prevent mass copyright infringement”.

Speaking at the Paley Centre for Media, John Skipper, president of ESPN, which currently uses Periscope to connect with fans, declared that “it would be really nice if our friends in the Valley would quit hiding behind the idea that they don’t have to engage in the protection of intellectual property”.

However, Periscope has said that many of the fixes that media companies want put in place …read more

Source:: Mobile App News

      

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