Remember the flurry of articles earlier this year about the copyright issues around Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope? People live-streaming Game of Thrones episodes or pay-per-view boxing matches by pointing their smartphones at their TVs was a new, and worrying frontier for rightsholders. Or was it? According to Twitter’s latest transparency report,
it fielded 1,391 copyright takedown requests for Periscope during the first three months after it launched the app, complying with 994 of them. Twitter has never announced user figures for Periscope, so we can’t judge how that number compares to its community of users. Even so, less than 1,400 takedown requests strongly suggests that rightsholders aren’t cracking the whip – yet – on people live-streaming TV shows that they shouldn’t. Meanwhile, music rightsholders haven’t shown much appetite for investigating whether people’s Periscopes of live concerts should be generating royalties on the publishing side, although that could change if Periscope really takes off.