On Piracy, Periscope CEO Says “There’s Way More Media Attention Than Problem”


“Nobody wants to watch Game Of Thrones on Periscope” says the Twitter-acquired startup’s co-founder and CEO Kayvon Beykpour. Despite widespreadreports of Periscopers using the mobile live-streaming app to pirate HBO’s epic fantasy series and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Beykpour says it’s not a good experience and piracy is not that prevalent.

“Generally there’s way more media attention than there is a problem,” Beykpour said onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. “There’s probably an order of magnitude more articles about the Game Of Throne thing than actual streams of Game Of Thrones.”

Still, Periscope is working directly with content owners to take down copyrighted content. Beykpour says Periscope got 66 takedown requests around the boxing match, and removed 30. The takedowns happened within minutes of their request, and the remaining streams were already over so there was nothing to take down.

Beykpour detailed how Periscope purposefully had staff at the…

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