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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Anti-Piracy Group Took Down Wrong Videos

Anti-Piracy Group Took Down Wrong Videos

Anti-Piracy Group Took Down Wrong Videos

Added: Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
An anti-piracy outfit GVU has caused a great amount of controversy when it took down videos it had no rights to. The group successfully required video hosting website Vimeo to remove a number of Creative Commons videos, made by a journalist and a filmmaker who had nothing to do with the group. The reason for the mistake is claimed to be the failure of technology employed by anti-piracy tracking firm hired by GVU.

German anti-piracy group has caused controversy by mistakenly removing movies which neither its clients nor itself owned the copyrights to. The group sent notice and takedown request on video hosting website Vimeo for 5 films which authors are Alexander Lehmann, an independent filmmaker, and Mario Sixtus, a freelance journalist specializing on network culture and other online issues.

Sixtus’s works that got taken down, all released under a Creative Commons license, were 4 episodes of Electric Reporter. Alexander Lehmann has got his video “You are a Terrorist,” nominated for the ViralVideoAward last year, targeted as well. The latter can be watched now, but was unavailable last week, as it was removed by Vimeo under GVU’s unfounded copyright complaints. The question is how did this situation happen in the first place?

That’s what the anti-piracy outfit answered. In its attempt to identify the violating content online, GVU hired a firm called OpSec Security, which claimed to use automated software able to identify illegal content and after that reported cases of infringement to hosting sites to have them taken down.

The mistakes were made when this software was scanning the MonsterStream website. While it has successfully identified a number of illegal files, it also mistakenly detected non-infringing films to which GVU’s clients didn’t even hold the copyright. This led to improper copyright complaints being sent to the hosting service Vimeo, which removed the videos.

After discovering the error, anti-piracy group has admitted they were wrong and has made official apologies, but nevertheless this event raises a number of questions. As the OpSec technical director explained, there was a bug in the software which led to the wrong detection. However, such notion of a mistake occurring because of wrongly automated material recognition can’t serve as a credible explanation – it can only be two ways: either the scanned material matches copyrighted files or it doesn’t. This makes one wonder what was the real reason and whether it could happen again.

August 19th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-08-20 08:34:54)
menahunie avatarBug in the software my ass.
This is what we all have been talking about and the ISP NEEDS to DEMAND the "copyright" complainer PROVE with documentation that their media is in fact being downloaded..
What I see here is this company hired by these greedy morons used a totally automated system; meaning the "software" thinks if found copyrighted media; then sent off a violation notice automatically.
If I were these film makers I would be suing them..
That happens it just might put everything that MPAA, RIAA, who knows what other organizations from ramming through bad laws via their paid and crooked politicians to a screeching halt..

posted by Turtle (2010-08-20 20:06:08)
D4T4 avatarSue them as much as you want, these guys run the country along with their cronies. If the puppet government doesn't do as it's told then much needed election donations are given to the opposition come the next election.

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