From Torrent Freak:
Copyrights and trademarks are an important tool for rightsholders to ensure that their content is not being abused.
Unfortunately, they can also be used to censor other content creators. Just last week we showed how legitimate videos we pulled offline simply because they used the word pixels.
Today another example of an overbroad content protection effort has surfaced. Darebee, a service offering free fitness programs, was recently targeted by a takedown request sent by Twentieth Century Fox.
Fox’s legal department complained to the fitness service about various programs referencing popular film and TV-titles including “Buffy,” “Fight Club,” “Archer” and “Avatar.”
Fox’ takedown request
Darebee admits that some programs are indeed inspired by popular films but stresses that it doesn’t profit from them.
“When we have knowingly used a film name to one of our workouts or a film or comic book character we have done so within the homage, inspiration and fan-created content framework. We don’t sell anything. Our workouts are free and always will be,” Darebee notes.
While Darebee doesn’t agree with the request, they decided to remove most of the ‘infringing’ programs to avoid further problems. However, the “Avatar Upgrade” workout remains online.
According to Darebee the Avatar reference has no connection with the popular Fox movie. Instead, it refers to the avatars people use online.
“The program is based upon the fact that we each have avatars in the digital world and try to improve them any way we can. We can now do the same…