Anti-Piracy Group Has Videos Pulled Down For Sharing a Name With Pixels
Attempts to curb piracy sometimes get a little overzealous and result in a title or two that have nothing to do with the film or series they’re protecting getting shut down. Anti-piracy group Entura decided to take that occasional, regrettable incident and practically turn it into a mission statement last week when they issued DMCA takedown notices to video streaming site Vimeo on behalf of Columbia Pictures demanding that they pull several videos that they claimed were copyright infringements on Adam Sandler’s Pixels. The problem is that they had nothing to do with the film and simply use “pixels” in their name or description.
You can see the DMCA request here, in which Entura claims that several videos are infringing, including “Independent Museum of Contemporary Art” NeMe’s 2006 short Pixels which the group said “directed by a Cypriot film-maker using his own photos and sounds/music on a shoestring budget and infringes no copyright.” Another video comes from a band known as The Pixels in the form of a music video they created in 2010, while creator Rob Penny’s “Pantone Pixels,” which he posted in 2011, was also yanked. Royalty-free and stock footage site VJLoops had their video “Love Pixels” yanked as well.
Entura even demanded that Vimeo remove the official version of Patrick Jean’s 2010 short film Pixels, which is the actual short that Sandler acquired the rights to and turned into the very film that is being used as a justification for its removal.
The artists and creators who had their videos removed now have a strike placed on their Vimeo account, which could result in their accounts being suspended. When NeMe took to the forums to complain, the Vimeo support team suggested filing a counter notice to resolve the issue.