The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) has welcomed two publications from the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory on IP Infringements. The first study – Illegal IPTV in the European Union – carried out by the University of Bournemouth illustrates the complexities of illegal streaming business models and the technologies used and, for the first time, estimates the scale of use of piracy services and the associated revenue loss throughout the 28 EU Member States, both in aggregate and individually. The second study – Online Copyright Infringement in the EU – provides a descriptive analysis of trends in piracy and an econometric analysis of factors which influence differences in piracy levels between Member States.
“AAPA was pleased to provide a number of experts to support the Bournemouth University team with their work,” stated Sheila Cassells, Executive Director of AAPA. “These studies offer important insights into the sophisticated business and technological models operated by pirates and highlight the significant adverse impact on the audiovisual industry. Having quantitative estimates should help to persuade policymakers and enforcement agencies that piracy has to be taken seriously and appropriate legislative measures and resources must be devoted to fighting it. “