PokerNews.com and Bluff.com have claimed that PokerTube.com has published content that actually belongs to them.
Last week, Lance Bradley, the editor-in-chief of Bluff.com, discovered that Pokertube.com had published a video that belongs to his company. Later PokerNews.com discovered that Pokertube.com had published live chip counts regarding the 40th World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament, the $10k buy-in heads-up event. PokerNews claimed that Pokertube.com removed the content shortly after the discovery.
Pokertube.com offers services similar to those at YouTube. However, YouTube does not permit its users to upload anything and everything they please. It has a system called Content ID, which carefully checks user uploads to make sure that they aren’t uploading copyright-protected content. YouTube.com also permits copyright owners to monetize, remove, or mute plagiarized videos. Content ID is such an effective tool that it detects copyrighted content even before a user can upload it.
On the other hand, Pokertube.com does not use a system such as Content ID. It, however, asks copyright owners to contact it any time a user uploads copyright protected content. Owners of poker content are unhappy about this system and feel that PokerTube has to implement effect systems to prevent plagiarism.
Stewart Dunlop, a representative for PokerTube, recently told 4Flush: “We do not have any ‘Content ID’ process, but obviously recognize when content is not original PokerTube. If content is being uploaded that clearly belongs to a party such as Bluff media, it will not be published.”
In a statement issued to 4Flush, PokerTube admits that the content it hosts is not necessarily original and that it expects users to understand that the content is not the intellectual property of PokerTube and that it has been created by third parties. Stating that it gets very few requests to remove content, PokerTube claimed that Bluff Magazine never contacted it to remove content, owing to which it assumed that Bluff was happy to have its content on PokerTube as users clearly stated that it belongs to Bluff. In addition, the content always includes Bluff’s watermark and intro.
Pokertube.com also stated that it never copied the live chip counts from PokerNews, but took it from two sources—the WSOP website and Twitter. Stating that it has apologized to PokerNews, Pokertube.com said that it has removed the chip counts.
The online poker service has urged copyright owners to email takedown requests to Hello@Pokertube.com as it does not have any system such as Content ID in place.