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HBO slams Twitter’s Periscope for piracy

Games of Thrones broadcaster HBO has sent “take down” notices to Periscope, the live-streaming video app owned by Twitter, after users of the app broadcast episodes of the show on Sunday night.

Twitter maintains that the Periscope app complies with US copyright law. But HBO criticised the video streaming company. “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,” HBO said in a statement.

Periscope’s terms and conditions make it clear that users should respect intellectual property rights, but the app currently only reacts to copyright infringement allegations rather than trying to prevent them happening in the first place, HBO believes.

Meanwhile, HBO also confirmed that last week’s online leak of four episodes had come from within a group that had received preview DVDs.

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