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France: ISPs, rightsholders in anti-piracy pact

French comms regulator Arcom, together with trade bodies l’Association pour la protection des programmes sportifs (APPS) [Association for the Protection of Sports Programmes] and la Fédération Française des Télécoms [French Telecoms Federation] (FFTélécoms) have welcomed the signing of an agreement between the four major ISPs and APPS to strengthen the fight against the illegal distribution […]

January 19, 2023By Colin Mann

GMA Network joins ACE

Philippine broadcast company GMA Network says it has strengthened its anti-piracy capabilities by partnering with the Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment (ACE).The anti-piracy coalition currently has over 50 global members, with GMA as its first member from the Philippines. “Piracy continues to be one of the biggest problems in the entertainment industry globally,” stated Atty. […]

January 19, 2023By Colin Mann

OSN joins ACE’s anti-piracy coalition

Dubai-based entertainment company OSN has joined anti-piracy coalition the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE). OSN is one of 11 global media and entertainment companies that joined ACE in December 2022, expanding the coalition’s ability to combat illegal piracy operations around the world. ACE currently has a total of 52 members. “In line with our […]

January 13, 2023By Colin Mann

UK agencies issue pirate streaming warnings

Throughout January 2023, UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT and police are visiting homes across the UK, serving notices to individuals to cease illegal streaming activities with immediate effect and informing users of the associated risks, which include criminal prosecution. Over 1,000 individuals have been identified following raids by West Mercia Police in the UK […]

January 10, 2023By Colin Mann

Data: House of the Dragon most pirated show of 2022

House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel series, was the most-pirated TV show released on torrent sites in 2022 according to data from TorrentFreak, For several years in a row the list was headed by Game of Thrones but that reign came to an end in 2019 after the series ended. In 2020, […]

January 1, 2023

IPO, Meta: ‘SVoD password-sharing illegal’

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Meta have worked together to create guidance on avoiding piracy and counterfeit goods online. “Piracy is a major issue for the entertainment and creative industries,” says the IPO. “Pasting Internet images into your social media, password sharing on streaming services and accessing the latest films, TV series or […]

December 20, 2022By Colin Mann

Italy: ‘Instant blocking’ of illegal streams

Italy’s Communications Authority (AgCom) plans to intensify its crackdown on online piracy by introducing instant IP blocking. The regulator is aiming to modify resolution 680 dating back to 2013 that governs the blocking of illegal content. Currently, a precautionary order must be adopted by AgCom within three days of receipt of the complaint by the […]

December 15, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Study: Europe takes €3.2bn IPTV piracy hit

An independent study undertaken by Bournemouth University on illicit IPTV in Europe for trade body the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) estimates that the legitimate industry lost €3.21 billion in 2021 alone as a result of consumers using illicit IPTV piracy services. The illicit IPTV service providers gained €1.06 billion. The study, Illicit IPTV in Europe, […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Research highlights festive season streaming threat

Research from UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT has revealed that TV and film entertainment sits at the heart of many Brits’ Christmases, with 54 per cent relying on it to keep the family entertained. While this comes as no surprise, the research also shows that almost a quarter (23 per cent) of consumers will […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann

$2.1m judgment against IPTV pirate

A federal court in Texas has ordered a local seller of the Super Arab IPTV service to pay $2.1 million (€1.97m) in damages for wilful copyright infringement while also ordering the removal of IBCAP (a coalition of leading international and US content owners, broadcasters and distributors) member channels from the pirate service. The case was […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann