Periscope, the personal live streaming service, said that it took down 30 illegal streams of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in response to 66 DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] takedown requests from rights holders.
“Members of the Periscope team, which operates independently of Twitter, were on staff Saturday night to disable any such streams that were reported by rights holders. In total we received 66 DMCA requests, we were able to act against 30, within minutes. The remaining streams had already ended or were no longer available,” said the company in a statement.
Many viewers of the pirated streams took to Twitter during the fight to tell other viewers not to “heart” a stream, believing that too many were the reason that a fight stream disappeared. (A Periscope heart is the equivalent of a Facebook like.)
People on Periscope are all “no hearts, no comments or they’ll shut accounts down”. Hilarious.
— Christina Warren (@film_girl) May 3, 2015
A simpler explanation: Periscope was taking down the streams as fast as it could find them.
“Periscope operates in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we respect intellectual property rights and are working to ensure there are robust tools in place to respond expeditiously. Broadcasting content that is protected by copyright is a clear violation of our content policy. It’s not the kind of content we want to see on Periscope,” said a company spokesperson.
Periscope co-founder, Kayvon Beykpour, took to Twitter on Sunday to make the company’s position clear.
Piracy does not excite us. Trust me, we respect IP rights & had many people working hard to be responsive last night (including myself)
— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) May 4, 2015