Is that legal? Richard Peirce discusses intellectual property concerns regarding streaming services and copyrighted material

April 15, 2015

Richard E. Peirce, an Eckert Seamans Member in the firm’s Philadelphia office, discussed rising intellectual property concerns regarding live video apps that stream copyrighted material in an interview that was broadcast today on KYW Newsradio, a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. HBO issued takedown notices to Periscope, the Twitter-owned live video streaming service, after several accounts were observed streaming Sunday’s premiere of the popular TV show “Game of Thrones.”

Peirce, who focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, Internet, and e-commerce issues, said, “If there is a video posted on YouTube, they can make a request and have it taken down. In this instance there might not be any copy available, so it becomes cumbersome for content owners like HBO because, if their concern is the live stream, then they have to almost catch it in the act.”

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