Anti-piracy dolts gobble up content with "pixels" DMCA takedowns


Several Vimeo members whose videos had "pixels" in the title are victims of the latest overly broad DMCA takedown request by Entura International, working on behalf of Sony's summer schlockbuster Pixels.

TorrentFreak lists a motley crew of victims, including several indie filmmakers and an NGO. And they even managed to gobble up their own client's Vimeo content, like some sort of indiscriminate evil alien Pac-Man or something:

Last, but certainly not least, Entura rounded off this disaster by taking down the official Pixels movie trailer, even though their very own notice lists their errors clearly.

Anti-piracy group hits indie creators for using the word "pixels" (TorrentFreak)

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  1. How about a "three-strikes" system for those who wrongfully take down a non-infringing video?

    Do that three times and face a massive fine and suspension of your right to send take down notices for 90 days or so.

  2. I read about this kind of shit all the time. I wish people would start prosecuting for false DMCA takedowns.

    Btw, the 3 strikes system is even more flawed as it only goes after the account holder and not any actual users. It leaves no room for dispute and operates on accusations without evidence.

  3. Apparently suing people is Sony's only way to make some of their money back on that turd of a movie.

  4. Shuck says:

    Entura International is clearly incompetent - a competent company doesn't do a broad term-search for a commonly used word and then use that as a basis for demanding takedowns. This doesn't speak well of Vimeo either, though, that they simply caved to what were clearly bogus takedown requests.

  5. angusm says:

    One of the properties taken down is described as follows:

    ‘Pixels’ is a 2010 award-winning short film created by Patrick Jean."

    According to Wikipedia's entry on the Adam Sandler movie, "The movie is a feature length adaptation of Patrick Jean's video-game themed short film, Pixels."

    So they've just claimed that the short that inspired their own feature film violated their copyright. Five years ago.

    Now that's impressive.

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