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Manchester man jailed for illegal TV operation

A man has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison for advertising and selling specially configured STBs. These devices allowed unlawful access to subscription services from Sky, BT, and Virgin Media, as well as thousands of on-demand films and pay-per-view content. Additionally, Michael Hornung of Hyde, Greater Manchester, received a 12-week jail sentence […]

June 18, 2024

Indonesi’s DJKI win Interpol anti-piracy award

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) and its anti-piracy arm, the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), have joined with the Indonesian Video Streaming Association (AVISI) in congratulating Indonesia’s Intellectual Property Office (Directorate General of Intellectual Property – DJKI) for receiving an award from Interpol and the South Korean National Police for their actions in working with […]

June 10, 2024

Arrest in illegal Sky streaming case

A strike day has seen robust police work by the UK’s North East Regional Organised Crime Unit (NEROCU) targeting fraud and illegal streaming of premium Sky content to help defund and dismantle wider organised crime. Officers executed a warrant on Coxwold Road in Stockton-on-Tees that is believed to be involved in an illegal streaming operation […]

June 5, 2024By Colin Mann

Sentence in illegal Firestick case

Kevin James O’Donnell, from Liverpool in the northwest of England, has been handed down a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges of promoting and selling illegally modified firesticks that offered unauthorised access to premium film and television content, including live football matches. The verdict, handed down at Liverpool Crown Court, follows an extensive […]

June 4, 2024By Colin Mann

ITV teams with Friend MTS

Friend MTS, a provider of video content security solutions, has announced that ITV has chosen Friend MTS’s anti-piracy services to help protect ITV content. With Friend MTS’s 24×7 Global Monitoring service, ITV will protect its main linear channels across broadcast and streaming platforms. These channels feature premium content including Six Nations Rugby, the FA Cup, […]

June 4, 2024

Licensees hit with £32K Sky piracy fines

Two licensees in London and Essex have been ordered to pay a total of £32,133.28 (€37,600) in damages for infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises, following successful legal action taken by Sky. Sky sought, and was awarded, damages and costs in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). The licensees […]

May 30, 2024By Colin Mann

Research: Streaming piracy growing in Nordics

Piracy has been a challenge for the Nordic media market for many years. Despite efforts to limit piracy, illegal consumption of films, series and live sports is growing in most Nordic markets, according to data from Mediavision. Currently, 25 per cent of all 15-74-year-olds in the Nordics say they have downloaded or illegally streamed content […]

May 28, 2024

Study: VPNs boosting piracy in France

Between 2021 and 2023, the total audience of illegal cultural and sporting content websites in France has been reduced by 27 per cent, passing from 11.7 million monthly Internet users to 8.5 million users, according to French regulatory body Arcom. According to its 2023 roundup on cultural and sport content, streaming and direct downloads remain […]

May 3, 2024From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

MPA plans movie piracy crackdown

Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, has confirmed the body will work with Members of Congress to enact judicial site-blocking legislation in the US. Delivering a State of the Industry address at CinemaCon 2024 in Las Vegas, Rivkin noted that in 2023, box office was up 20 per cent from the […]

April 11, 2024By Colin Mann

NAGRA, Eluvio extend collaboration

In advance of the 2024 NAB Show, NAGRA, a Kudelski Group company and independent provider of content protection and media and entertainment solutions, and Content Fabric pioneer, Eluvio, have announced the commercial launch of the industry’s first integration of NAGRA NexGuard forensic watermarking for secure, just-in-time, ultra-low latency live streaming via decentralised networking using the […]

April 11, 2024