A new anti-piracy group, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA), has been created.
The AAPA represents various players in the pay TV industry, including the technology security vendors. Its aim is to support the fight against piracy where this involves the development, promotion, distribution, application or use of technologies resulting in the unauthorised use of protected audiovisual content.
Building upon the work of its predecessor AEPOC, AAPA’s role is to facilitate the co-ordination of intelligence and anti-piracy activities amongst its members and to interact with EU institutions to ensure that there is effective legislation to achieve successful enforcement action.
Launching AAPA at the HbbTV Symposium in Paris yesterday, Sheila Cassells, AAPA executive director, said, “At IBC two years ago we started a discussion about the security issues surrounding connected TV. Since then AAPA members have been active in developing security for smart TVs, etc. and making OTT content available. We need to ensure that all stakeholders recognise the importance of implementing and maintaining content security robustly and this symposium provides an opportunity to continue to reinforce this message.”
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