DMCA takedown laser brings down Vimeo videos with “Pixels” in title
Most videos existed well before Columbia Pictures' awful film of same name.
by Sam Machkovech - Aug 9, 2015 1:10pm PDT
The Internet didn't really need another reason to hate July's critically panned
Columbia Pictures film Pixels, but it got one in the form of a sketchy DMCA
takedown. The request comes from a copyright troll, and it's directed at a
number of videos hosted on Vimeo.
TorrentFreak got the scoop on Saturday by discovering a successful takedown
request filed by Entura International, an "anti-piracy" organization acting on
Columbia Pictures' behalf. Entura targeted films that had nothing to do with
the Adam Sandler film, with the exception of having the word "Pixels" in their
titles. One of those takedowns hit a 2006 short film titled Pixels, and its
creators, the filmmaking group NeMe, took to Vimeo's support forums to express
their disdain. They noted that the DMCA takedown request counted as a "strike
one," in spite of allegedly not violating any of Columbia Pictures' copyrights.
It forced the short film's creators to provide "an assortment of statements."
Most of the other films noted in the Chilling Effects report had nothing to do
with the Sandler film, with the ironic exception of a trailer for the film in
question. Additionally, TorrentFreak reported that the film's source material,
a two-minute CGI film in which video game icons came to life, had received a
takedown. As of press time, that video had been restored to Vimeo.
Vimeo's forum moderators encouraged NeMe and other affected filmmakers to file
a counter DMCA notice, but as of press time, most affected films remain down
due to an apparent automatic compliance with the DMCA request.
It's better to burn out than fade away.
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