Controversy over Twitter’s Periscope app

Battle over Twitter’s live-stream app seems bigger than Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The live-stream of the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on Sunday fueled controversy around  apps such as Twitter’s Periscope, which allows users to live stream video from mobile devices.

Periscope enabled its users to shoot footage of the game from their gadgets and share it on social media without having to pay $100 for viewing the match to Showtime and HBO, which partnered for the co-broadcasting of the event.

“And the winner is… Periscope,” Twitter’s CEO Dick Costollo tweeted shortly after the game.

According to Bloomberg, HBO and Showtime approached Periscope and other services such as Meerkat to take down the streams during the fight.

On Tuesday, Showtime and HBO jointly filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against live-stream sites like Periscope and Meerkat, whose representatives have said the copyrighted material will be removed.

The streams uploaded Periscope stay visible for a day, while Meerkat’s vanish as soon as recording ends.

TRTWorld and agencies