Category archives for: Piracy

Spain: 3 arrested for STB piracy

The Spanish police has broken up a band of pay-TV pirates and arrested three people on charges of breaking the intellectual property by selling illegal set-top-boxes to watch pay-TV in the country. The pirates were selling the STBs online for €150 and delivering them throughout the country. The devices had been manipulated and included illegal software that allowed access to […]

Rapidshare closing down

Rapidshare, formerly one of the most popular file-sharing sites, has revealed will close in March. The decision comes after a period of decline for the site, which axed three-quarters of its staff in 2013. Rapidshare latterly adopted anti-piracy measures and later scrapped its free service. Users have been abandoning the site ever since, meaning it is no longer a viable […]

Ad industry launches anti-piracy initiative

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), an advertising industry initiative to improve the digital ecosystem, has launched the ‘Brand Integrity Program Against Piracy’, designed to help advertisers and their ad agencies avoid damage to their brands from ad placement on websites and other media properties that facilitate the distribution of pirated content and/or illegal dissemination of counterfeit goods. TAG is an […]

Irdeto: Piracy needs more powerful countermeasures

According to Andrew Wajs, CTO at multiscreen, revenue assurance and media protection solutions specialist Irdeto, tackling next-generation content distribution, protection and monetisation challenges requires more than just technology, with operators needing to take a more holistic, end-to-end approach to thrive. Speaking to the Cable Congress Blog in advance of the event March 11th – 13th in Brussels, Wajs notes that […]

US Chamber of Commerce: ‘Protecting IP drives innovation’

The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) has released its third annual International IP Index, UP: Unlimited Potential, which found that 20 of the 30 economies examined in the Index improved their scores from last year. Thailand received the lowest ranking, while the US received the highest. The 2015 edition of the Index ranks 30 economies around […]

MPA chief endorses Creative Content UK

Stan McCoy, President, MPA EMEA, has backed the efforts of Creative Content UK – a partnership between the creative sectors, leading ISPs and the UK Government – to raise awareness amongst movie lovers and other fans of the wide array of legitimate online content services and encourage them to turn their backs on piracy. Writing in the MPAA’s Policy Focus, […]

Oz home entertainment: Digital up, physical down


As the Australian home entertainment market awaits the March 2015 arrival of online entertainment streaming service Netflix to compete with existing players such as Stan, Quickflix and Presto, figures from the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) suggest the sector was worth A$1.115 billion in 2014, down from A$1.202 billion the previous year. Physical revenues were down by 10 per […]

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 […]

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