The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has taken issue with Periscope users who have been broadcasting the Games over the Twitter-owned service.

In order to broadcast the Olympics, those wishing to do so need to apply for the right to do so – something that doesn’t come cheap. So after the IOC found a fair number of live steams, it quickly moved in to put a stop to it.

According to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) claims accessible on Lumen Database, the OIC has filed more than a 1 000 DCMA and copyright claims against Periscope users.

Just one of the over 1000 notices filed.

The claims don’t specify whether the users were live-streaming the Games from the stands in Rio, or if the users craftily streamed the Games from their home television sets in their home countries.

According to Torrent Freak, “while most Periscope streams are of a horrible quality, with only a few dozen viewers, they’re seen as a legitimate threat. As a result, the IOC has hired a dedicated team of investigators to track down and report these and other unauthorised streams.”

Also, according to the IOC’s Media Guidelines, “Broadcasting images via live-streaming applications (e.g. Periscope, Meerkat) is prohibited inside Olympic venues.”

The organisation recently came under fire after it was revealed that it would be illegal for anybody to create gifs of any sporting activity at the Rio Games.

[Source – Torrent Freak]


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