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70% of Russians watch pirate content

Viewing pirated content is extremely common among Russian consumers, largely due to the cost and availability of legal content, according to research from Irdeto. The online research conducted by YouGov revealed that almost three quarters of consumers in Russia (70 per cent) watch pirated video content, with 16 per cent watching it more than once a week – showing that […]

MPAA’s Dodd: Piracy hurts middle-income families

Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA, has sought to dispel the myth that piracy only affects well-paid movie stars. Writing an opinion piece in trade magazine Variety, Dodd notes that two million people get up every morning in all 50 states to go to work in good-paying jobs. “Few will ever walk a red carpet, but their jobs […]

Vaizey: ‘Monetising content requires robust copyright’

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has stressed the importance for the creative industries of being able to monetise their efforts. Delivering a Keynote address at the Let’s Go Connected event in London, Vaizey noted that the creative industries were a UK success story, with the digital landscape “unrecognisable” from a few years ago. He […]

NBCU: ‘Maintain investment-friendly regulatory framework’


Kevin MacLellan, Chairman of NBCUniversal International, has warned UK and European regulators against making widespread changes to copyright legislation, suggesting that innovation has flourished in the current regulatory framework. He nevertheless stressed the need for regulators and policy-makers to focus on the importance of Intellectual Property for the media industry. Delivering a keynote address at the ‘Let’s Go Connected’ conference […]

Netflix: Pirate Popcorn our biggest competitor


Netflix has said that piracy is one of its “biggest competitors” and, in a letter to shareholders, singled out the torrent-sharing app Popcorn Time as a serious rival. The Popcorn Time app allows users to browse a catalogue of films and TV shows, select one for more information, and then begin streaming it after a short buffering period – effectively […]

Court Orders cut pirate traffic

A report compiled by Incopro, commissioned by the Motion Picture Association – the international trade association working for major companies that invest in, produce, distribute and market film and TV content in the UK – has revealed that copyright infringing websites subject to site blocking Court Orders by the main ISPs have lost nearly three-quarters (73.2 per cent) of their […]

Gambling, adult sites sponsor Indonesian piracy

Research released at CASBAA’s Indonesia in View 2015 conference explored funding links between the banned gambling and pornography industries, and the online piracy websites they use to attract young viewers. During a panel discussion titled, “Following the Money: Who is profiting

MENA execs warn of online piracy threat

Industry executives have spoken out against the threat of online piracy to pay-TV operations in the MENA region. Participating in a panel session at IBC Content Everywhere in Dubai on how the MENA TV industry is adapting to the Content Everywhere revolution, Abdul Hadi Al Sheikh, executive director of television at Abu Dhabi Media, stressed the importance of educating viewers […]

Studios hit Xunlei with copyright suits

MPAA studios have filed civil actions against the operators of Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technology (Xunlei), a large Chinese-language video website in China, alleging various acts of copyright infringement. The actions were filed on January 19th in the Nanshan District Court in Shenzhen, seeking damages, claims for orders to stop the infringing activity, a public apology, and requesting that Xunlei bear […]

Over a third of Dutch use illegal VoD


Market research firm Gfk has reported a growing user base for VoD services in the Netherlands. Around half a million Dutch people took up VoD services in Q4, taking the total base to

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