BitTorrent Inventor Granted P2P Live Streaming Patent

July 31st, 2015

bram-streamHoping to revolutionize live broadcasting on the Internet, Bram Cohen started working on a new protocol for live streaming video more than half a decade ago.

At the time BitTorrent was believed to be responsible for a third of all Internet traffic. However, streaming services were quickly gaining momentum.

The problem with streaming, live streaming in particular, are high latencies. It can sometimes take up to a minute before a “live” stream reaches the audience.

Cohen solved this problem with a new BitTorrent Live protocol that has a much lower latency while sharing the bandwidth costs among users. This allows anyone to stream to an audience of millions at minimal cost.

This week Bram Cohen’s patent for the live streaming patent was awarded (pdf). According to BitTorrent’s inventor, who still works at the company, his technology can shape the future of live broadcasts.

Two years ago BitTorrent Inc. first demoed the technology in a web-based player, but this project was later discontinued. The company is now working on a new release that will come in the form of a mobile application.

“We’re working on using the technology for a new application, focusing on mobile,” Cohen tells TF.

Mobile live streaming has taken off this year with the release of Periscope and Meerkat. Both apps allow users to start live streams instantly and Cohen says they could make good partners for BitTorrent Live.

“Periscope and Meerkat are applications which use live, where what we have is underlying technology. We may work with them in the future,” he notes.

That said, the true strength of BitTorrent Live becomes apparent when there is a huge audience, not just a few viewers. This means that it will excel at streaming major events such as sports games and breaking news.

“The amount of utility of BitTorrent Live is based on how many people are watching something simultaneously. Big events where everybody is watching the same thing at the same time, like sports, are the best applications,” Cohen tells us.

Since BitTorrent Live shares the distribution costs among viewers, the bandwidth investment for these streams will be minimal compared to current solutions. In addition, latency will also be much lower making these broadcasts ‘more live.’

“Ironically in addition to being much better on bandwidth costs BitTorrent Live also has much lower latency, five seconds instead of 30-60 seconds, which is bordering on tape delayed instead of live,” Cohen says.

Previously BitTorrent Inc. suggested that it could help Netflix to increase its performance. Not with BitTorrent Live, but with the standard BitTorrent streaming technology which will allow Netflix to offer higher quality streams for a fraction of the current costs.

It appears that Netflix realizes the power of BitTorrent-like streaming, as the company is currently working on its own P2P streaming technology.

Eventually Cohen believes that all streaming will go over the Internet, both live and pre-recorded. It is much cheaper than the cable approach, especially with BitTorrent under the hood.

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Rapid Pirate Site Blocking Mechanism Introduced By Portugal

July 31st, 2015

stopstopThere can be little doubt that one of the most-favored anti-piracy mechanisms of the past several years is that of site-blocking. Rather than tackling sites head on with expensive legal action, rightsholders have domains blocked at the ISP level with the aim of diminishing ease of access and reducing direct traffic.

The strategy is mainly employed around Europe, with the UK standing out as the clear front-runner. Hundreds of domains are now blocked there by local ISPs after several High Court injunctions. Now Portugal has joined the club with a new system that not only aims to speed up the blocking process, but one that could put the UK quickly in the shade.

This week the Ministry of Culture announced the signing of a memorandum between its own General Inspection of Cultural Activities (IGAC), the Portuguese Association of Telecommunication Operators (APRITEL), various rightsholder groups, the body responsible for administering Portugal’s .PT domain and representatives from the advertising industry.

The memorandum lays out a new mechanism for blocking so-called ‘pirate’ sites. In common with similar frameworks elsewhere, the process is initiated by a complaint from a rightsholder association. Local anti-piracy group MAPINET then collates evidence that a site is engaged in the unlawful distribution of copyright works and has failed to cease its activities.

MAPINET subsequently forwards its complaints to the Ministry of Culture where the General Inspection of Cultural Activities (IGAC) conducts an assessment and notifies local Internet service providers of the sites being targeted.

According to reports in local media, the system will target sites with more than 500 allegedly infringing links and those whose indexes contain more than 66% infringing content.

Only two complaints can be filed against pirate sites each month. However, each complaint can contain 50 websites, meaning that 100 sites could become blocked every month. Visitors to those sites will receive a notice in their browser advising them that the site has been blocked.

The memorandum is expected to come into force during the next two weeks so sites could be blocked as early as September.

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Kim Dotcom & Mega Trade Barbs Over Hostile Takeover Claims

July 31st, 2015

mega_logoFor the past several years, Kim Dotcom has been the most vocal supporter of, the cloud storage site he helped launch in 2013. Two and a half years later, something has gone very sour.

In a Q&A session with Slashdot this week, Dotcom told surprised readers that Mega was to be avoided.

“I’m not involved in Mega anymore. Neither in a managing nor in a shareholder capacity. The company has suffered from a hostile takeover by a Chinese investor who is wanted in China for fraud. He used a number of straw-men and businesses to accumulate more and more Mega shares,” Dotcom explained.

“Recently his shares have been seized by the [New Zealand] government. Which means the NZ government is in control.”

Intrigued, Dotcom spoke with Kim Dotcom to find out more about his allegations.

“Mega has experienced a hostile takeover and is no longer in the control of people who care about Internet Freedom. The New Zealand Government and Hollywood have seized a significant share of the company,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak.

“The combined shares seized by the NZ government and Hollywood were significant enough to stop our listing on the New Zealand stock exchange. On the one side Hollywood seized Mega shares of a family trust that was created for the benefit of my children and on the other side Hollywood was lobbying US Senators and credit card companies to stop payment processing for Mega.”

Dotcom says that the efforts of the NZ government and Hollywood meant that Mega couldn’t raise the capital required from the stock market to carry out its business plan. Furthermore, attacks on its abilities to process payments have now “dried up” the company’s cash flow.

“As a result Mega has been forced into bankruptcy territory and recently had to raise new capital at an insanely low valuation of NZD 10 million,” Dotcom says.

“This company was worth over 200 million before the NZ government and Hollywood launched their combined effort to destroy Mega. I have always said that this is a political case and the systematic sabotage of Mega is further proof of that.”

All of this leads Dotcom to the conclusion that Mega is no longer a safe site to use.

“As a result of this and a number of other confidential issues I don’t trust Mega anymore. I don’t think your data is safe on Mega anymore. But my non-compete clause is running out at the end of the year and I will create a Mega competitor that is completely open source and non-profit, similar to the Wikipedia model,” Dotcom says.

“I want to give everyone free, unlimited and encrypted cloud storage with the help of donations from the community to keep things going.”

Mega bites back

With shots fired, TorrentFreak spoke with Mega CEO Graham Gaylard and CCO Stephen Hall. Needless to say, they see things quite differently.

“Mega is a New Zealand company privately owned by 17 local and international investors, whose identities are publicly disclosed on the New Zealand Government’s Companies Office website,” Mega told TF.

“Like all start-up companies, Mega has had several rounds of equity investment. More than 75% of shareholders have supported recent equity issues, so there has not been any ‘hostile takeover’, contrary to Mr Dotcom’s assertion. Those shareholders who have decided not to subscribe to recent issues have been diluted accordingly. That has been their choice.”

Turning to the 6% shareholding held by the Dotcom family trust (which is controlled by Mr Dotcom’s estranged wife and is currently subject to a High Court freezing order following a 2014 application by five Hollywood film studios), Mega says there is no cause for alarm.

“That is a matter for the Dotcom family trust and does not concern Mega. The authorities responsible for maintaining the order have not opposed or interfered in any of Mega’s operations,” the company explains.

“Two other shareholdings totaling 7% are subject to a separate restraint ordered by the New Zealand High Court in August 2014. That is also a matter for that investor and does not concern Mega. Mega is not a party to either of the above court proceedings.”

Turning to Kim Dotcom’s claims that Mega is no longer in the hands of people who care about privacy, Mega told TF that isn’t the case.

“Mega continues to be managed by its executive team, supported by a Board of Directors and shareholders, who all care deeply about Internet freedom and privacy and are passionate about supporting Mega’s user-controlled encryption for cloud storage and communication services,” the company says.

Turning to Dotcom himself, the cloud storage site gave its clearest statement yet on its relationship with the German. Mega says that while Dotcom was a co-founder of their operation he was not involved in the design and implementation of Mega technology, resigned as a director in 2013 and has had no managerial role since. Additionally, Mega says that Dotcom has not received any payments or renumeration from the company.

“Mega disagrees with a number of Mr Dotcom’s public comments,” Mega adds.

Turning to the security of Mega itself, the company says that the full source for its client-side software SDK is available on Github and the source for its MEGAsync and mobile applications will be published in due course.

“Mega’s encryption code has been examined by various international experts including the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute without any flaws being found,” the company says.

In closing, Mega issued a statement which indicates a collapse in relations with their co-founder.

“Mega views Mr Dotcom’s defamatory comments as self-serving and designed simply to [promote] his supposed new business venture,” Mega says.

“They are inconsistent with his previous desire to ensure that the shareholding in Mega remains a valuable asset for his children and reflect just how completely Mr Dotcom and Mega have now moved apart if he can make such an unwarranted and irresponsible, defamatory attack,” the company concludes.

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HUD vs. Planned Parenthood: Which Taxpayer-Funded Organization has done more damage?

July 31st, 2015
Do you remember your Jeremiah 22:10?:
Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return nor see his native land again.
When you consider the evil of Section 8 Vouchers (look no further then the destruction of Ferguson, Missouri) and the truly sinister Affirmatively Further Fair Housing plan of HUD - which turns black and brown people into biological weapons to destroy the social capital found in all-white communities - one can easily understand the fatuous nature of the Planned Parenthood uproar.

There is something utterly horrifying about abortion, but there's something fundamentally treasonous about deliberating transporting living bipeds into communities for the sole purpose of undermining the quality of life there.

And this is what HUD has done for decades and will only enhance via AFFH...

How many unborn are there because a white father had to commute two hours everyday (10 hours a week/ 40 hours a month/ 480 hours a year) and didn't get to spend time with his wife, the stress of constantly searching for a peaceful place to raise kids - and the Holy Grail of a "good school" - free of the nefarious influence of black pupils?

Worse, how many marriages ended because of this strain?

Sorry, the first government-funded organization to be defunded should be HUD, which has done far more damage to the nation then Planned Parenthood; and, with AFFH, the damage HUD has in mind to do to living white people is far more insidious than any action by Planned Parenthood.

U.S. Reports Progress in Antigua Legal “Pirate Site” Dispute

July 30th, 2015

ustrA few years ago citizens of the Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda were enjoying the fruits of a flourishing gambling industry. Then the U.S. stepped in and prevented them from accessing their market, causing the industry to collapse.

“What was once a multi-billion dollar industry in our country, employing almost 5% of our population has now shrunk to virtually nothing,” Antigua’s High Commissioner to London, Carl Roberts, said previously.

Refusing to back down, Antigua filed a dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and prevailed in 2005 with a WTO ruling that the actions of the United States violated free trade.

In 2007 the WTO went further still when it granted Antigua the preliminary right to suspend U.S. copyrights up to the value of $21 million for each year the U.S. blocks its gambling services. Intellectual property was chosen because trade in other areas was either weak or could prove a counter-productive target for Antigua.

In 2013, Antigua ran out of patience. A source close to the government informed TorrentFreak that it was considering cashing in via the launch of a ‘pirate’ website dedicated to selling U.S. movies, TV shows and music to the world without compensating rightsholders.

Just days later on January 28, 2013, the WTO effectively authorized Antigua’s plan for a ‘pirate site’ to enable it to start recouping the money owed by the United States.

The U.S. responded angrily to the plan, warning Antigua that such an action would undermine its chances for a settlement and noting that investment in the country, particularly in its high-tech industries, would suffer.

freedomBut after a few months passed, Antigua was rattling its sabers once more. Sources close to the government told TorrentFreak that it was looking for partners to assist with the launch of its download platform and would love to get involved with The Pirate Bay.

“Whichever vendor is selected in the process, be it The Pirate Bay or any other company, it would be involved in a dialogue with the Government and a partnership that will be strictly supervised to make sure that the operation is conducted in accordance with the WTO rulings,” then Antigua attorney Mark Mendel told TF.

More than a year passed with no site appearing and in June 2014 Antigua elected a brand new government with Prime Minister Gaston Browne at the helm.

In September the government said it had “formulated yet another comprehensive and realistic proposal” and had made “significant concessions” in a bid to resolve its WTO dispute with the United States.

The United States owes Antigua around $200m but word from the new government suggested it might settle for ‘just’ $100m.

Shortly after, Antigua fired its attorney Mark Mendel, with the new Prime Minister promising to take a tougher line in negotiations than his predecessor.

After a period of relative quiet, this month local media reported that Antigua’s Minister of International Trade and Foreign Affairs Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez would travel to the U.S. to begin a new round of negotiations with the United States Trade Representative.

That meeting took place on Tuesday and early signs from the USTR suggest that progress is being made.

“On 28th July, 2015, Assistant US Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, John Melle, met with the Foreign Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, H. Charles Fernandez, and his delegation to discuss resolution of the WTO case United States – Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services,” the USTR said in an announcement.

“Both sides considered the meeting productive and useful for the exploration of various elements that could ultimately bring closure to the matter. Both governments have undertaken to continue the discussions at an early date with a view to reaching a final settlement.”

In closing, both Fernandez and Melle committed to “moving to a final conclusion as expeditiously as possible.”

Having already cut their demands by half despite clear World Trade Organization rulings, it will remain to be seen how much further Antigua will be prepared to go in order to settle with the United States once and for all. If not, a new legal ‘pirate’ site could still sail onto the horizon.

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RIAA and Friends Accuse CNET of Hosting ‘Pirate’ Software

July 30th, 2015

downloadcomDespite growing revenue streams from digital music, the music industry still sees online piracy as a significant threat.

This week a coalition of 16 music groups including the RIAA, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) voiced their concern over so-called “ripping” software.

The groups are not happy with CNET’s as the software portal offers access to various YouTube downloaders and other stream ripping tools. In a letter to Les Moonves, CEO of CNET’s parent company CBS, they accuse the download portal of offering infringing software.

“[CNET’s] has made various computer, web, and mobile applications available that induce users to infringe copyrighted content by ripping the audio or the audio and video from what might be an otherwise legitimate stream,” the letter reads.

“We ask that you consider the above in light of industry best practices, your company’s reputation, the clear infringing nature of these applications, and your role in creating a safe, legitimate, and innovative Internet ecosystem,” the groups add.

Despite the strong wording, CBS doesn’t appear to be very impressed by the accusations.

In response cited by Billboard the company notes that “all of the software indexed on is legal”. According to CBS the mentioned software can be used for legal means and the company notes that this is the responsibility of the user.


This isn’t the first time that CNET and CBS have been called out for allegedly facilitating piracy. A few years ago a group of artists sued CBS and CNET for their role in distributing uTorrent, LimeWire and other P2P software.

The artists claimed that CNET profits heavily from distributing file-sharing software via, while demonstrating in editorial reviews how these application can be used to download copyright-infringing material.

The judge eventually ruled in favor of CBS and CNET and said that there was no indication that the companies will purposefully encourage copyright infringement in the future. A software ban would therefore needlessly silence “public discussion of P2P technologies.”

Given CBS’s response to the music group’s recent letter, the current request won’t be effective either.

TF asked RIAA, A2IM and ASCAP for additional details on the letter it sent to CBS but none of the groups replied to our inquiry before publication.

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The unspoken truth about Calais

July 30th, 2015
Have you noticed that the UK press is up in arms about the migrant hoards truck-jumping at Calais; the British people are incensed at the traffic jams on the motorways and the failed attempts to go on holiday, and yet the British government refuses to take more than a very mild line with the French?

Our government is letting the French government off easy, and for very good reason.

Darkling hoards despise fences

It's because the French have granted us a generous concession. We get to put our immigration officers on their side of the border so we can check entitlement before someone actually enters the UK. Without this concession any person wanting to enter the UK would be on this scepter'd isle before being asked for papers. The hoards gather at Calais only because we are allowed to stop them on French soil.

Anytime we piss the French off they could withdraw this concession, tell us to take our bobbies home, and we would have to deal with the immigrants after they were already in the UK. That's a two year process - during which we are obliged to feed and house the applicant for admission.

So don't knock the French. They have no obligation to police people leaving their country.

“I didn’t even do nothing”: Samuel Dubose Last Words Fail to Address Why he Simply Failed to Cooperate With Officer Tensing

July 30th, 2015
It's entirely apropos the last words of Sam Dubose, after he had repeatedly refused to comply with simple instructions to show some I.D. by an exceedingly polite Officer Tensing, were "I didn't even do nothing."

If Mr. Dubose wasn't preparing to drive off, which strangely (shockingly, really) Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters argued he should have done in a highly combative press conference today, why did the car drive off after he was shot?  

The exact words of Deters were, "even if Dubose was attempting to drive off Tensing should have let him go"... what type of cop allows someone who is unwilling to comply with their orders to just "drive off?"

Is Deters, a man whose own son was attacked by a mob of blacks at the 2014 Taste of Cincinnati event, placating the black lives matter rabble more gratuitously then Martin O'Malley (who apologized for saying "white lives matter")?

It's important to remember that if Cincinnati didn't have a black population, it would be virtually violent crime free, with the blacks responsible for producing nearly every fatal and nonfatal shooting suspect. [EARLIER: How serious is black-on-black crime?, Cincinnati Enquirer, April 24, 2014]:

Since 2000, 664 of the city's 816 homicide victims, 81.4 percent, have been African-American, an Enquirer analysis of Cincinnati police data shows.
But an increasing proportion of homicide victims were African-Americans in recent years. The analysis showed they made up 77.9 percent of homicide victims from 2000 to 2004, but that proportion rose to 83.8 percent between 2005 and the present.
In 2011, all but one of the 66 homicide victims was black. And since the start of 2011, all but one of the city's solved homicides – 33 of 34 – have been black-on-black violence.
Two prominent members of city council disagree on how to best approach the problem and when the discussion should start.
Smitherman, elected in November as an independent, said African-Americans need to take responsibility for the violence and crime.
"There has to be ownership," he said. "Too often what you hear is, 'the white man is bringing guns into the (black) community.' If you pull the trigger, you are responsible."

But no one cares about a black gang banger shooting another brother, with the frequency of these events so ubiquitous one becomes to numb to the reality of black dysfunction.

But it needs to be stated again: without a black population, Cincinnati would be virtually violent crime-free and virtually 80 percent of the police force would unnecessary.

More to the point, the private University of Cincinnati force would be unnecessary, with the students free of the fear of victimized by a black population Hamilton County Prosecutor Deters believes should be free to disregard the simple request of showing an officer their I.D. ...

The fine blog Cincinnati is a Dump provided this important timeline for the events surrounding the fatal encounter between Dubose and Tensing (remember: this would have been a truly routine stop if Dubose had only complied with Mr. Tensing's requests):

My CIAD narrative is slightly different,  in that I conclude this was factually a 43 year old negro with 60+ prior arrests and no valid drivers license or job,  and 13-20 illegitimate ‘chillins (who will be looked after by your tax dollars) who was shot and killed while attempting to flee arrest in a moving and potentially dangerousvehicle,  in a routine stop.  The video looks inconclusive, but the UC Campus police officer appeared polite and professional.  Incidentally, The UC campus is surrounded by one giant ghetto full of violent ferals,  and just uphill from the famed Over The Rhine ghetto, Avondale and Walnut Hills to the East. 
In this case, The negro victim: 
1. Did not or refused to show ID- (This is elementary folks)  (Dubose had No Drivers license, it was suspended). 
3. Refuses to exit the car when commanded, and Has a bottle of alcohol with him in the afternoon that wasnt in a bag, making him a DUI suspect, and with possible firearm in the car. 
3. Fled the scene in a deadly weapon (car itself) after trying to reach for something that caused the officer to react, the fleeing is potentially a cause of serious possible injury to the police officer, dragging him severely..or hitting and killing a pedestrian while fleeing.
"I didn't even do nothing."

Well, you sure didn't answer Officer Tensing's polite question of if you had state issued I.D., so yes, you didn't do one thing.

I've had a few encounters with police officers (both white and black), and in each of them I've instinctively understood they held the power in the equation and it was only my job to cooperate with them unless I wanted to further exacerbate the problem.

What's so strange about this situation is Dubose did try and drive off, after refusing to answer a direct question (asked repeatedly) by Officer Tensing. If he wasn't trying to drive off, the car would have stayed in park after Tensing fired the single shot.

It didn't.

America doesn't have a problem of rogue police officers looking to shoot black people; America has a problem of overburdened police officers having to coddle a violent black population, that is increasingly protected by the state to get away with doing whatever they want.

In the case of Dubose, the Prosecutor Deters admitted he should have simply driven off instead of listening to Officer Tensing.

Welcome to Black-Run America (BRA).

Google Publishes Chrome Fix For Serious VPN Security Hole

July 29th, 2015

As large numbers of Internet users wise up to seemingly endless online privacy issues, security products are increasingly being viewed as essential for even basic tasks such as web browsing.

In addition to regular anti-virus, firewall and ad-busting products, users wishing to go the extra mile often invest in a decent VPN service which allow them to hide their real IP addresses from the world. Well that’s the theory at least.

January this year details of a serious vulnerability revealed that in certain situations third parties were able to discover the real IP addresses of Chrome and Firefox users even though they were connected to a VPN.

This wasn’t the fault of any VPN provider though. The problem was caused by features present in WebRTC, an open-source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera.

By placing a few lines of code on a website and using a STUN server it became possible to reveal not only users’ true IP addresses, but also their local network address too.

While users were immediately alerted to broad blocking techniques that could mitigate the problem, it’s taken many months for the first wave of ‘smart’ solutions to arrive.

Following on the heels of a Chrome fix published by Rentamob earlier this month which protects against VPN leaks while leaving WebRTC enabled, Google has now thrown its hat into the ring.

Titled ‘WebRTC Network Limiter‘, the tiny Chrome extension (just 7.31KB) disables the WebRTC multiple-routes option in Chrome’s privacy settings while configuring WebRTC not to use certain IP addresses.

In addition to hiding local IP addresses that are normally inaccessible to the public Internet (such as, the extension also stops other public IP addresses being revealed.

“Any public IP addresses associated with network interfaces that are not used for web traffic (e.g. an ISP-provided address, when browsing through a VPN) [are hidden],” Google says.

“Once the extension is installed, WebRTC will only use public IP addresses associated with the interface used for web traffic, typically the same addresses that are already provided to sites in browser HTTP requests.”

While both the Google and Rentamob solutions provide more elegant responses to the problem than previously available, both admit to having issues.

“Some WebRTC functions, like VOIP, may be affected by the multiple routes disabled setting. This is unavoidable,” Rentamob explains.

Google details similar problems, including issues directly linked to funneling traffic through a VPN.

“This extension may affect the performance of applications that use WebRTC for audio/video or real-time data communication. Because it limits the potential network paths, WebRTC may pick a path that results in significantly longer delay or lower quality (e.g. through a VPN). We are attempting to determine how common this is,” the company concludes.

After applying the blocks and fixes detailed above, Chrome users can check for IP address leaks by using sites including IPLeak and BrowserLeaks.

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Twitter Sued for Failing to Remove Copyrighted Photo

July 29th, 2015

pirate-twitterIn common with many other user-generated sites, Twitter is used by some of its members to host or link to copyright infringing material.

If rightsholders submit a takedown request, Twitter swiftly takes the infringing content down. This policy made headlines just a few days ago when Twitter removed several tweets that republished a joke without attribution.

However, a new lawsuit suggests that Twitter’s takedown efforts are not always this effective.

This week award-winning photographer Kristen Pierson filed a complaint (pdf) against Twitter at a California District Court. Pierson accuses Twitter of hosting or linking to one of her works without permission.

“A Twitter user or users copied the Infringing Image without license or permission from Pierson and on information and belief sent one or more Tweets publicizing and linking to it. The Infringing Uses were hosted either on Twitter or on third-party servers,” the complaint reads.

Under U.S. law Internet services are not liable for the copyright infringements of their users, as long as they respond to takedown requests. But Twitter failed to do that, Pierson says.

On March 4 of last year Pierson sent a notice to Twitter’s registered DMCA agent pointing out that one of her photos of Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li was being shared illegally. More than a year passed by but she received no response.

The takedown notice


The Twitter account which allegedly posted the image is no longer online, but even today the infringing image is still present on Twitter’s servers and accessible through the url.

Pierson doesn’t mention whether she sent any follow-ups to the original request. TF searched for the notice in question on where Twitter publishes its takedown notices, but it’s not listed there.

In the complaint the photographer asks for a restraining order preventing Twitter from hosting or linking to her work. In addition, Pierson demands both statutory and actual damages which could well exceed $150,000.

This is not the first time that Twitter has been sued by a photographer over a failed takedown response. Christopher Boffoli previously sued the company for the same offense. The case was settled out of court.

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