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First off today, Manish Singh at TechCrunch reports that the messaging platform Telegram has disclosed names, phone numbers and IP addresses of administrators that are accused of operating copyright-infringing channels on the service.
The move was brought on by a Delhi High Court, which was hearing the case of a teacher who claims that Telegram did not do enough to prevent unauthorized distribution of their course material.
Telegram had attempted to argue that such a disclosure would be a violation of privacy laws in Singapore, where their servers are located. However, the court ruled that a rightsholder shouldn’t be left “remediless” just because Telegram decided to host its servers abroad. Telegram has now indicated that it has complied with the order.
Next up today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that a judge had declined to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Meta by Epidemic Sound.
Epidemic Sound is a music licensing company that specializes in providing audio content for online creators. They filed a lawsuit against Meta claiming that, on Meta-owned Facebook, users were making widespread unlicensed use of their content and that Meta was not taking adequate steps to prevent it. This includes, according to Epidemic Sound, not granting them full access to their copyright-enforcement tools.
Meta had attempted to argue that the case was overly broad and extremely vague. However, the judge ruled that enough of a case was made to move forward, noting that Facebook’s argument against the lawsuit hinged on things not currently in evidence.
Finally today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that the file hosting service Uploaded has closed its doors, seeking to avoid the copyright issues that impacted similar services.
The service was founded in 2005 and acquired by Cyando AG in 2012. However, shortly after that acquisition, it began facing copyright challenges from copyright holders, who complained that the site was a massive source for pirated content and claims that it was slow to remove allegedly infringing material.
Following recent rulings in the EU, the company has made the decision to close up shop, fearful that they could be held liable for infringing material. According to an email, they are shuttering their doors today, November 30th, and are asking users to download anything they need to preserve.