Facebook Takes Down TorrentFreak Post Over ‘Infringing’ Meme
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Facebook Takes Down TorrentFreak Post Over ‘Infringing’ Meme

Facebook has removed a five-year-old link to a TorrentFreak article, presumably over a ‘copyright infringing’ meme. The social media platform took the action following a takedown notice from a photographer, whose image was used for the meme. Interestingly, the portrait in question is public domain. When the EU Copyright Directive protests were in full swing earlier this year, many people warned that upload filters would “kill memes.” We weren’t particularly fond of this oversimplification, but the problems with upload filters are obvious, with or without the new EU directive. In fact, even without automated filters copyright enforcement efforts can be quite problematic. Today we present a rather unusual example, where one of the “memes” we published in the past, was effectively taken down by Facebook. To put things in a proper context, we take you back to 2014. At the time we reported that photographer Christoffer Boffoli had filed a lawsuit against the popular image sharing site Imgur, which allegedly ignored his takedown requests. Boffoli hoped to protect his copyrights, but this effort soon backfired. A few weeks after he filed the complaint someone uploaded an archive of 20,754 of his photos to The Pirate Bay , specifically mentioning […]

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