A lawsuit against an Android app that lets users send a video of themselves to a stranger is being brought by a tech startup that was originally founded by an ex-girlfriend of the founder.
The lawsuit, filed by The Pirate Bay, accuses Android users of violating copyright by “using the Pirate Bay to send a copy of their private, intimate video content to a person of the opposite sex.”
According to the complaint, the software developer, John McAfee, received a DMCA notice on February 11th, alleging that the software “encourages and enables” “actual sexual assault.”
The lawsuit says that the Pirate’s app violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) because it sends users’ private, personal videos of themselves and their friends to strangers, and it does so without the permission of the person receiving the video.
The complaint alleges that McAfee’s software “is not designed to be used by individuals to make sexually explicit, violent, or disturbing videos,” and that the app also sends users an unsolicited notification of the uploader’s account being taken down.
The Pirate Bay is not named in the complaint.
However, a screenshot of the notice sent to McAfee suggests that the application might be named “Pirate Bay.”
In a statement, McAfee told TechRadars that the complaint “is a thinly veiled attempt to try to undermine our business by pointing out that the user does not have permission to upload videos to the site.”
“We’re not going to let that happen,” McAfee said.
PirateBay.com and McAfee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The company also did not respond to a request for comment on the complaint from TechRadAR.
The suit is one of many filed by Silicon Valley tech companies against app developers, including Google, Apple, and Facebook.
In December, Facebook sued the PirateBay developer, saying that the site infringed its copyright in its content.
Facebook also sued Google for allegedly failing to take down a video the Piratebay had uploaded of a group of people watching a porno.