Entura targets Vimeo in anti-piracy drive


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 11 August 2015

Showing just how far anti-piracy laws can go, and raising protests across the Internet, Entura International has removed several independent videos from Vimeo for including the word 'pixels', aiming to eliminate pirate versions of the latest movie in the franchise from Columbia Pictures.

The move was flagged up by the site Torrent Freak which lists the full list of take-downs showing that even the original trailer for the movie was removed.

Among the creators affected were NeMe, which created a short film called Pixels in 2006, as well as personal projects that were created before the Columbia Pictures' film even existed.

After noticing the removals, the creators asked Vimeo to reinstall the videos.

The online community has used Entura's move to draw attention to the potential problems the recently-approved strict piracy laws can lead to.

In Spain, a similar complaint came up a month ago, when the law popularly known as 'The Gag' led to the closure of Subtitulos.es, a user community offering subtitles for original versions but with no links to pirate content.