A tweet from the Digital Frontier Basis (EFF) that complained about an abusive DMCA takedown request has itself been hit with a DMCA takedown request. The EFF notes that the tweet in query linked to a TorrentFreak article about a lot of leaked TV exhibits. A tweet selling the article was later the topic of a Twitter takedown request although the article was a transparent instance of honest use.
The TorrentFreak article that began the string of copyright strikes was printed on April eighth, and reported that a number of exhibits together with the Starz releases American Gods and The Spanish Princess had leaked on-line previous to broadcast. The supply of the leak seemed to be so-called “screener” copies of the exhibits, that are distributed previous to broadcast for preview functions.
The article didn’t hyperlink to websites the place the pirated copies had been accessible, didn’t point out the names of those pirate websites, and used three screenshots to point out the watermarks that indicated these video information had been distributed as screeners. Regardless of this, TorrentFreak later reported tweet selling the article was hit with a DMCA takedown discover from Starz, which claimed that it used “photographs of the unreleased episodes” and “details about their unlawful availability.”
The takedown requests are simply two of the roughly ten thousand copyright notices that Twitter receives every month, however they’re an egregious instance of how the system is open to abuse. Not solely are the requests’ claims that the article hyperlinks to unlawful content material factually incorrect, however the screenshots used are clearly offering supporting proof for the information story by exhibiting the watermarks current within the video information. It’s journalism about piracy, not piracy itself.
Or, because the EFF put it, “Reporting about copyright infringement shouldn’t be infringement.”
The EFF says it has filed a counterclaim in response to the takedown discover, and provides that “Starz ought to withdraw its takedown and chorus from harassing journalists sooner or later.”