Posted by: Marcus Beecher
April 19, 2015
On March 26, 2015, Twitter released Periscope. Periscope allows users to broadcast what they (or their devices) are seeing in real-time to their followers. The makers of Periscope intend the app to become “a way of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes,” or, in different words, a “visual pulse of what’s happening right now.” A Periscope user can open the app, push a button, and start filming. That user’s followers will be notified that the user is ‘live’ and can then view what the user is filming, as the user is filming it.
Anybody who follows cyberspace law probably read the last paragraph and thought: ‘an app that allows users to broadcast anything their phone is pointing at? Ya, that’s going to lead to some serious copyright infringement.’
Indeed. It would appear that quite a few Periscope users recently pointed their phones at their TV screens, and broadcasted Game of Thrones to their followers. HBO, of course, is not happy about this development. In fact, HBO is seemingly not happy about Periscope in general, calling it a potential tool for “mass copyright infringement.” Continue reading