A tweet from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that complained about an abusive DMCA removal request has been hit with a DMCA removal request. The EFF notes that the tweet in question was linked to an article by TorrentFreak about several filtered television shows. A tweet that promoted the article was then the subject of a request to remove Twitter, although it was a clear example of fair use.
The TorrentFreak article that initiated the string of copyright strikes was published on April 8. and reported that several programs, including the releases of Starz American Gods and The Spanish Princess had been leaked online before the broadcast. The source of the leak seemed to be the so-called "filter" copies of the programs, which are distributed before the broadcast for preview purposes.
The article was not linked to sites where pirated copies were available, he did not mention the names of these pirated sites and he used three screenshots to show the watermarks that indicated that these video files had been distributed as evaluators. Despite this, TorrentFreak later reported that a tweet that promoted the article was hit with a DMCA removal notice by Starz, which claimed that it used "images of unpublished episodes" and "information about its illegal availability. "
Elimination requests are just two of the about ten thousand copyright notices that Twitter receives each month, but they are a glaring example of how the system is open to abuse. Not only are the claims of the requests that the article links to illegal content incorrect, but the screenshots used clearly provide evidence of support for the news by showing the watermarks present in the video files. , not piracy itself.
Or, as the EFF put it, "Reporting copyright infringement is not an infringement."
EFF says it has filed a counterclaim in response to the notice of removal, adding that "Starz must withdraw its disposal and refrain from harassing journalists in the future."