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Google and Apple Order Telegram To Nuke Channel Over Taylor Swift Piracy (torrentfreak.com) 37

An anonymous reader writes: Instant messaging client Telegram has for the first time blocked access to an entire channel following pressure from Google and Apple. A channel, called Any Suitable Pop, was found distributing copyright infringed copies of songs from Taylor Swift's new album 'Reputation'. It's understood that following complaints from Universal Music, Google and Apple ordered Telegram to take action.
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Google and Apple Order Telegram To Nuke Channel Over Taylor Swift Piracy

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  • by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Friday November 24, 2017 @02:13PM (#55616361)

    Did someone warn people in southern England and northern France?

    And since when does Google and Apple have nukes?!

    • > And since when does Google and Apple have nukes?!

      Between them, they could buy Academi's private army (formerly better known as Blackwater) many thousand times over. So yeah, the next logical step would be nukes. I hear there's a buyer's market in the streets around Kremlin.

  • Think you lost everyone at Taylor Swift. She's got all the talent and sex appeal of a stick of linguine.
    • Think you lost everyone at Taylor Swift. She's got all the talent and sex appeal of a stick of linguine.

      I don't know give her a little more credit than that. Seems that at least she can count while acting out her music vids and putting down the tracks. She must have at least had some couching from musicians even if she can or can't read a lead sheet line. She has a pleasant face, a sense of timing, can carry a tune or at least seems to rely less on autotune than most of the other new faces out there.

      Sure what she is putting out is hyped up over produced bubble gum oriented "pop" but how the hell else do you e

      • by Anonymous Coward

        She must have at least had some couching from musicians even if she can or can't read a lead sheet line. She has a pleasant face, a sense of timing, can carry a tune or at least seems to rely less on autotune than most of the other new faces out there.

        Who is going to be the Harvey Weinstein of pop? I bet Simon Cowell.

        • She must have at least had some couching from musicians even if she can or can't read a lead sheet line. She has a pleasant face, a sense of timing, can carry a tune or at least seems to rely less on autotune than most of the other new faces out there.

          Who is going to be the Harvey Weinstein of pop? I bet Simon Cowell.

          Woohoo that was one hell of a Freudian slip!!! LOL At least she keeps time with her movements and actions so there has been some coaching no doubt. If she writes at all then I give her kudos even if her lyrics and music is essentially bubble gum pseudo country pop at least she knows where her bread is buttered. It is easy to forget that some very talented performers can also be very talented writers, we will see if she matures and moves on eventually beyond the genre that has her stereo typed as a single ge

      • I don't think she needs your best wishes. According to google, she's worth about $300 million. Now I like her even less.
    • by Gregg M ( 2076 )
      She's pretty, talented, and rich.

      But F^@& her if she doesn't want us stealing her music!!!!
    • I wouldn't know who this was if her music hadn't been shared outside of the ToS.

      --
      Who are you? - The Who

  • Another one bites the dust.. Is there any safe system that can't be censored??

    On the other hand, they should have kept the thread private. Whoops!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 24, 2017 @03:37PM (#55616789)

    because everything has been "app-ified", they can just threaten to delete an app off billions of devices if you don't play along with whatever they demand?

    fuck that.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      They are now giving the orders that the government used to give. Pay up, citizen!

    • they can just threaten to delete an app off billions of devices if you don't play along with whatever they demand?

      I don't know about Apple, but Google's Play Store can't delete apps from your phone. They could pull the app from the store and not distribute new downloads, or updates, but not remove it from devices that already have it.

  • She’s already got hundreds of millions of dollars - why is she so greedy that she turns to piracy? How much money does the girl need?

  • Were they threatening to remove the app from the store? Telegram should offer a separate app via sideload that is uncensored. Also, are the Telegram rooms hosted in the US? Why do they have to abide by US Laws?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Were they threatening to remove the app from the store?

      Probably Universal Music just told Apple and Google that an App they are spreading via their App stores was "facilitating piracy". And since it their environments are walled gardens over which Apple and Google have full control, Universal considers Apple and Google to be facilitating piracy if they do not stop it.

      Considering the slippery slope regarding copyright enforcement regulations* we have been on for years, this is a point of view that will likely stick in the courts by now.

      *15-20 years ago, the idea

  • by rsilvergun ( 571051 ) on Friday November 24, 2017 @08:25PM (#55618035)
    to remember swapping binaries over mIRC and the like? This is like that. It's a chat client and it looks like it lets you send binaries and folks were passing MP3s. What makes it odd is that the company making the app can ban channels. I would've thought it'd all be P2P.

Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.

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