Periscope, Piracy, Profit? What the future holds for live-streaming apps


For weeks now, news organizations around the world have focused on how smartphone owners are using live-streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat to illegally broadcast video content, like Game of Thrones episodes and live sports programming.

While users find the platforms useful because it allows them to instantly broadcast live events, the ability to circumvent content laws—with few, if any, consequences—has created liability issues in the media industry.

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Periscope and Meerkat must to respond to requests, and remove any illegal content. It’s a similar method YouTube previously used to remove music videos or movie trailers from unofficial channels.

Despite both companies’ efforts, some question whether their methods are enough to dissuade users from capturing and sharing copyrighted content.

“In order to be liable for any type of infringement, you have to be playing an active role, encouraging people to check out [the fight] on…

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