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FIFA tries to take down six Twitter users on copyright grounds

FIFA appears to have issued copyright complaints to six Twitter users for unauthorised picture use

By: Tamlin Magee from May 28, 2014 @ 12:29 CDT

FIFA has set its sights on six Twitter users, issuing official DMCA copyright complaints for using the official emblem of the 2014 World Cup.

Complaints were posted against @nfoWorldcup_ID, @futbrasil2014, @FootieFashions, @FIFAWCBRA14, @Brazil14WC and @FIFA2014Copa. Only the first no longer exists - but in every case of the DMCA, the issue was to do with the pictures and the pictures alone.

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The sender name has been redacted in the document, posted on Chilling Effects, but appears to have been sent from Net Result in London on behalf of FIFA, a company that describes itself as "intelligent protection for intellectual property" suggesting it may be a routine but overzealous search for infringements.

The take down requests are reminiscent of the copyright cases for the London Olympics - it tends to look a bit like overkill, but big sporting events are typically incredibly controlling about protecting their brands, and sometimes take more aggressive measures.

NEWS SOURCES:chillingeffects.org

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