Anti-piracy


France’s Hadopi counts cost of piracy: 12m users, €1bn loss of earnings

Close to 12 million French internet users consumed pirated content last year, representing a loss of earnings of €1.03 billion to rights holders, according to figures released by the Haute autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi), the body set up over a decade ago to combat piracy. […]

Securing your revenue in the new age of video piracy: DTVE’s Digital Symposium looks at the threat and how to address it

As consumption of streaming video rises at the expense of traditional broadcast technology, the security challenges faced by service providers are also evolving. The next session in DTVE’s ongoing Digital Symposium will look at the state of current and future threats and how operators can address them – both through offering compelling content and a […]

Irdeto and IBM team up for pre-integrated cloud-based watermarking

Content security specialist Irdeto has integrated TraceMark for Distribution watermarking technology with IBM’s Aspera on Cloud file transfer technology. Irdeto said that the combined offering would provide the film industry fast, easy to implement, affordable tool in the fight against piracy. Irdeto and IBM said that their pre-integrated offering provides a solution to the challenge […]

Canal+ hails anti-piracy victory in Rennes

Five individuals responsible for creating and maintaining around 20 pirate sites in France have been found guilty by a Rennes criminal court following a complaint lodged by pay TV operators Canal+, BeiN Sport and RMC Sport. The three broadcasters filed the complaint in collaboration with the Association de Lutte contre la Piraterie Audiovisuelle (ALPA). The […]

Over half of sports fans watching pirate services

Over half of sports fans in 10 countries watch pirated services at least once a month, according to research carried out for technology firm Synamedia by Ampere Analysis. According to the report, Charting Global Sports Piracy, while 89% of sports fans have a payTV or subscription OTT service, 51% still watch pirate sports services at […]

‘Netflix of piracy’ Popcorn Time makes a comeback

Popcorn Time – the platform dubbed ‘Netflix for piracy’ – has made a comeback after a years-long absence. The platform effectively acts as a user-friendly portal to illegal torrents of films and series, presenting them in a streamlined fashion that even allows users to select the quality of the stream up to 4K. It initially […]

Volia claims victory in piracy case

Ukraine’s leading cable operator Volia has claimed a victory in its ongoing battle against piracy with the sentencing of an individual to three years imprisonment, a rare conviction in a country where content theft is widespread. The Ivano-Frankivsk District Court of Lviv in western Ukraine sentenced the unnamed individual for organising an illegal pirate network […]

Canal+ Polska fights piracy of new original series

Polish pay TV operator Canal+ Polska said it identified some 2,720 individual sources of piracy involving the first four episodes of its series Żmijowisko being made available illegally for viewing or download, but that it had effectively removed 99% of these.  The operator identified 62 websites on which rates posted the total 2,720 files and […]

Mediapro welcomes ‘landmark’ piracy sentence

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has welcomed what it describes as a landmark penalty and prison sentence imposed by a Málaga court on individuals behind a pirate network that sold decoders that accessed pirated premium football content.  The court levied fines totalling €500,000 on the outfit and sentenced its administrator to six months in prison […]

BeIN Media: sports rightsholders face ‘financial cliff’ as piracy destroys market

The “media rights bubble is about to burst for sports”, with the industry “sleep-walking towards a financial cliff” because of content piracy, according to Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO of BeIN Media Group. Speaking at a Leaders in Sport event, Al-Obaidly said that BeIN Media would be forced to amend its commercial offers for sports rights as […]

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