AAPA slams EC antipiracy initiative as inadequate

The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) has slammed the European Commission’s recently published recommendation on combating online piracy of sports and other live events as inadequate. The EC’s recommendation, published yesterday, encouraged hosting services to act promptly on notices related to live events, called for the use of blocking injunctions tailored to live events and, in […]

European broadcasters push for WIPO anti-piracy treaty

European broadcasters, represented by the Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand Services in Europe (ACT) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), have backed WIPO Member States to finalise the WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty. According to ACT and EBU, the treaty would harmonise the anti-piracy protections for broadcasters by setting minimum standards internationally as well as […]

German TV piracy losses hit €1.8bn in 2022, says Vaunet

Vaunet, the Berlin-based trade body for private audiovisual media in Germany, has published a report which says TV piracy continues to cause severe economic loss in Europe’s largest economy. It called on EU regulators and the German government to “introduce effective measures to stop the illegal use of live TV”. According to an extensive study […]

OSN joins ACE’s global battle against content piracy

Dubai-based media group OSN has joined anti-piracy coalition the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. OSN is one of 11 companies to have joined ACE in the last month, expanding its ability to combat illegal piracy operations around the world. OSN Group CEO Joe Kawkabani said: “At OSN, we believe in the value of creative content […]

FACT and police target illegal streaming users in UK antipiracy drive

Antipiracy group the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) FACT and police in the UK have launched an antipiracy drive targeting consumers of illegal streaming services. FACT and police are visiting homes across the UK through January, serving notices to individuals to cease illegal streaming activities with immediate effect and informing users of the associated risks, which […]

FuboTV cyberattack underlines persistent threat to streamers from hackers

Streaming platform FuboTV says disruption to its service during France vs Morocco Semi-Final at the FIFA World Cup 2022 was not related to any bandwidth constraints on Fubo’s part. Instead, it says, “we were the target of a criminal cyber attack”. FuboTV says that once it detected the attack, it immediately took steps to contain […]

Young people leading big rise in illicit IPTV consumption, says AAPA

Some 17.1 million people across the EU and UK used illicit IPTV services in 2021, according to a report by the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA), which also estimated that piracy cost legal pay TV providers €3.21 billion for that year. While the 17.1 million who accessed illicit services equates to 4.5% of the population, the […]

France Televisions and RTL Deutschland join anti-piracy coalition ACE

ACE (the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment), which describes itself as ‘the world’s leading anti-piracy coalition’ has added 11 new members to its membership, with France Televisions, RTL Deutschland and OSN among high-profile additions. In total, ACE’s latest expansion brings the total number of member companies to 52. ACE said the new members extensively increase its […]

DAZN and Irdeto unveil anti-piracy pact

Global sports streamer DAZN has extended its relationship with online security specialist Irdeto in a bid to combat the intractable problem of video piracy. In a wide-ranging deal, DAZN now has access to Irdeto’s Anti-Piracy solution, designed to keep content safe from illegal streaming and sharing. At the same time, Irdeto has become DAZN’s primary […]

GeoComply launches product targeting illicit VPN use

Geolocation security specialist GeoComply has unveiled a technology for streaming providers to take on pirate viewers. The new technology enhancement to the company’s flagship GeoGuard product is designed to enable streaming providers to block what the company characterises as a growing number of VPN users who spoof their location using hijacked residential IP addresses. In addition to […]

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