Jump to content

Telegram Faces Anti-Piracy Referral to US Over Cryptocurrency Plans


Mach1
 Share

Recommended Posts

telegram-large-500x210.jpg

 

Russia-based anti-piracy outfit AZAPI is threatening to report Telegram to United States authorities including the SEC if the platform does not introduce fingerprinting technologies. The association says that a crackdown is necessary because Telegram's blockchain project TON will be used to anonymously monetize the spread of copyrighted content.

telegram-1.png

Telegram was founded in 2013 by brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, who previously launched Russian social network VK (vKontakte).

 

The messaging service has grown from strength to strength and currently has around 300 million users. However, Telegram is increasingly associated with the spread of copyright-infringing material, as highlighted in October by the RIAA.

 

“Telegram offers many user-created channels which are dedicated to the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted recordings, with some channels focused on particular genres or artists,” the RIAA wrote in its submission to the USTR.

 

While one submission to US authorities is problematic, Telegram could soon face a few more coming from Russia itself, where a court order exists to prevent ISPs from providing access to the service. The threat comes from the Internet Copyright Protection Association (AZAPI) which represents copyright holders including some of the largest book publishers.

 

AZAPI says it has identified at least 170 Telegram channels that help to distribute pirated content to an audience of several million users. A letter reportedly sent by AZAPI to Telegram (obtained by local news outlet Kommersant) has the anti-piracy outfit complaining that most channels, and indeed Telegram itself, are not responding to copyright complaints.

 

It’s a position shared by Aleksey Byrdin, Director General of the Internet Video Association.

 

“Since 2016, we have repeatedly encountered the absolute neglect of the Telegram administration to the claims of copyright holders on audiovisual content,” Byrdin says.

 

As a result, AZAPI wants Telegram to introduce digital fingerprinting technology to assist with the identification and removal of allegedly infringing content. However, the whole matter is being further complicated by Telegram’s cryptocurrency business plans.

 

According to AZAPI, Telegram’s upcoming TON Blockchain network (and its token ‘gram’) “will be an ideal tool for monetizing counterfeit content on an anonymous basis.”

 

As a result, if anti-piracy measures aren’t taken, AZAPI says it will be left with no choice but to file complaints with the US Chamber of Commerce, the SEC, the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) and the American Book Publishers Association.

 

Whether any such referrals can deepen the quagmire Telegram already finds itself in the US is another matter, however.

 

On October 11, the SEC announced that it had “filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against two offshore entities conducting an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the U.S. and overseas that has raised more than $1.7 billion of investor funds.”

 

The two companies – Telegram Group and TON issuer – filed a response to the SEC just a day later, requesting that the court throw out the SEC’s case.

 

source

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cancergram. it's the filthiest messenger I've ever used. there is literally no rules for setting up channels. it's easy to get away with anything in Telegram

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, Sylence said:

Cancergram. it's the filthiest messenger I've ever used. there is literally no rules for setting up channels. it's easy to get away with anything in Telegram

One can use Signal or Threema as secure alternatives of messenger tho.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, Edward Raja said:

One can use Signal or Threema as secure alternatives of messenger tho.

The original post also suggested qtox as secure alternative to telegram.

Both signal (phones & desktop) and qtox (desktop) are free. Threema (phone & desktop) is not.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, Edward Raja said:

One can use Signal or Threema as secure alternatives of messenger tho.

 

yeah but the problem is most of the people i am in contact with already use Telegram so i would have to make them switch to Signal first

Link to comment
Share on other sites

56 minutes ago, Sylence said:

 

yeah but the problem is most of the people i am in contact with already use Telegram so i would have to make them switch to Signal first

spread the awareness, the quicker the better.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, Sylence said:

yeah but the problem is most of the people i am in contact with already use Telegram so i would have to make them switch to Signal first

The 'problem' usually takes place in 'contacts' already having their app of choice. Skype, FB messenger are not really the solution when it comes to privacy, but they are the common/famous app to be used. Even if more private-oriented apps exist most users are using the most common ones.

Good luck trying to make your contacts change, most of them simply don't know how to use/install something else.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, mp68terr said:

The 'problem' usually takes place in 'contacts' already having their app of choice. Skype, FB messenger are not really the solution when it comes to privacy, but they are the common/famous app to be used. Even if more private-oriented apps exist most users are using the most common ones.

Good luck trying to make your contacts change, most of them simply don't know how to use/install something else.

I think Telegram  is funded by  the Russian Mafia the money to keep running it has to  be coming from somewhere . Telegram really dont really have nothing to do with Russia  Pavel Durov is in exile for refusal to hand over personal details of Ukrainian protesters  on VK   Durov then claimed VK had been effectively taken over by Vladimir Putin's allies.  The company is registered both in the US and the UK.   He want never cooperate with Russia and never have he would shut it down before he would.

 

But as far as it being great for privacy i wouldnt say that by default encryption is off you have to turn it on  .  No chat is  foolproof  you could think someone is your friend and they be working with the Government , Police , informant  or Anti Piracy and all they have to do is take screen shots of  what you tell them  or  hackers could hack your PC to take screen shots remote .The biggest problem with the internet is people are talking to strangers they thank are there friends when you can't even trust  people you know in real life . Many will rat you out as soon as they get in troublle for something .

Edited by steven36
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...