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Turkey Bans Periscope ( 87

stikves writes: According to online reports, a recent court order has banned Periscope across Turkey. The cited reason is the alleged violation of copyrights of a local company named "Periskop." This adds to the list of online services no longer available in Turkey, including Wikipedia, PayPal and WordPress, among others. While access from Turkey to the domain and to the Twitter account "periscopeco" is banned, users can still access Periscope services under the name Scope TR and Twitter account "scopetr." Lawyers from Twitter, Apple and Google requested rejection of the case, "saying it was impossible for a company like Twitter, operating in the U.S., to be aware of the existence of the same brand name in Turkey," reports Stockholm Center for Freedom.

Turkey Bans Periscope

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  • What is Periscope? I am guessing it is a type of food or drink. Anyhow, I am outraged about it.
    • by jrumney ( 197329 )
      The Turkish trademark is for the rather broad category of "services", so food or drink would probably get past it. There are 88 US trademarks for "Periscope", so whoever it was wasn't very good at choosing unique names to be recognized by.
    • Not sure why (1) you've been swarmed with troll answers or (2) you've been modded down, but it's early in the day and I haven't had enough sleep so I'm probably missing the obvious. But given this is a common question:

      Periscope is a live streaming app. You're supposed to use it to broadcast something you're videoing via your phone. So, as one example, there was a recent sit in in Congress to protest the lack of progress on gun control, and the House Speaker cut the C-SPAN feed. So members engaged in the

      • Yup. mod parent up. Turkey, a country with a questionable human-rights record (and desperately wants to get into the EU) is calling this a copyright/trademark issue?? LOL!!! I gotta admit, they are trying to be creative in their ongoing subjugation. The two parts of the article basically sum up.

        "A Turkish court on Tuesday banned all services of Periscope, a live video broadcasting platform...

        "Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following prot

  • Wish I cared ... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I really wish I could muster up some sympathy for how an ever-increasingly thuggish and authoritarian asshole like Erdogan is doing even more thuggish and authoritarian shit.

    But, I can't.

    What we need to do is stop coddling his ego that he's a member of the Western democracies, and let him get on with building his theocracy and fuck the hell off.

    It'll be just another source of angry Muslims in the world, nobody will even notice.

  • Erdogan... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Erdogan, another regressive disgusting piece of trash that has been freely, wllingly and knowingly democratically elected by the mindless, populist and guillible masses that more and more, in this sort of mini dark ages we're living through, force their collective stupidity on the thinking minority.

    • Re:Erdogan... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by dmesg0 ( 1342071 ) on Wednesday June 13, 2018 @06:52PM (#56780442)

      Erdogan = Khomeini
      Turkey is slowly becoming Iran while Atatürk is rolling in his grave

      • Erdogan = Khomeini
        Turkey is slowly becoming Iran while Atatürk is rolling in his grave

        That's what it looked like.

        I've heard Kemalist Turkey's political system described as "Democracy ... except Turkey will never be an Islamist state. Elect an Islamist, the moment he tries to implement Islamist policies, there will be a military coup, the army will shoot as many Islamists as seems necessary, and then surprisingly soon, hold new elections. Vote better next time."

        Alas, Erdogan carefully purged the Kemalists from the army before making Turkey an Islamist state, and by the time the army caught

  • I lived in Turkey for two years.

    This was planned by the government.

  • Turkey has also banned its submarines.

  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Wednesday June 13, 2018 @07:08PM (#56780516)

    for submarines wanting to transit between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean

    • by Anonymous Coward

      What Moscow can do for their brave sailors of the Black Sea fleet!? First they almost get contained in another country and then they are banned using periscopes.

  • I laugh/snorted when i read the headline, thinking Turkey was trying to ban actual periscopes.
  • Prepare for silent running...
  • Twitter, Apple and Google are just lazy and want to be able to do treat trademark law the same way they are already treating tax law. WIPO has an online search where you can easily search for trademark conflicts worldwide. It's a few minutes work to punch in some spelling variants and check that any conflicts that come up are not in similar industries.
  • L:ike everyone else in here I had no clue what Periscope is, so I clicked the link. It's actually Slashdotted!

    Old-timers will remember that when Slashdot was at the peak of its popularity and people read the articles before commenting, any linked article would be effectively DDoSed by being accessed by the vast herd of users.

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