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    A certain website, which I will mention later, seems to be using info from Windows Explorer to determine when to “black-out” the video stream. Specifically, the behavior is that if the streaming-window is behind *any* “Maximized” window in Windows Explorer it will black-out the video via a Javascript function (only assuming). If the window it’s behind is “Restored down” to where it’s not “Maximized” the video feed proceeds to uncensor… making the DMCA-enforcement attempt moot.

    However, I’m personally having a hard time seeing what information the browser obtains from Windows Explorer that it’s allowed to obtain that tells the browser there is a Maximized window in front of it.. and secondly, I’m having a hard time seeing if the browser *can* see this, then in what particular area of the world is the browser *allowed* to give that information to the website?

    Worth mentioning that this particular website’s HTML5 video-feed is **blocked** in both Firefox and Yandex browser (which is based on Chromium but Yandex is extremely strict about security) (in this case, you must revert to using Adobe Flashplayer).

    The website is >!!<
    >!Disclosure: I personally support DMCA being used for these kinds of websites due to the nature of the exploited actors who do not have the power to defend themselves. But due to the usage of DMCA predominantly for rich customers that produce music and movies it’s become a system inherently associated with the violation of privacy rights as well as having a heavy-handed approach to the problem they’re attempting to alleviate. These organizations don’t normally concern themselves with helping smaller websites and especially not with pornographic content. Usually it is the websites themselves that have to use the DMCA in their own ways and that’s where a lot of misunderstanding of rights will come into play.!<

    Even if the behavior is feasible using a non-malicious method, I’m concerned that a malicious method was used.

    If all else fails, then this post is a question to lead to new knowledge, I guess.

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