Last week, London-based “anti-piracy” firm Entura International, acting on behalf of Columbia Pictures, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, sent takedown notices to video-sharing website Vimeo, alleging several films containing the word “Pixels” in their titles infringed on Columbia’s copyright. Columbia produced and distributed the recent box office and critical dud, Pixels, starring Adam Sandler and a host of special effects.
Vimeo meekly complied and removed the films from its site, including such titles as Pantone Pixels, Detuned Pixels – Choco, Pixels – Life Buoy, Pixels Redeye @Kattering, and Love Pixels – VJLoops. Vimeo has now informed Cartoon Brew that it is restoring to its site those films that it had removed.
In its statement to Cartoon Brew, Vimeo announced that, “After users informed us that their videos did not contain any Pixels content, we reached out to Entura. Entura has since withdrawn its takedown notice.”