Piracy


Content piracy prominent in Taiwan with a third of consumers admitting to practice

A third of Taiwanese consumers have actively consumed pirated video content, a new study has revealed. According to new figures from the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), 33% of consumers in the country have accessed streaming piracy websites or torrent sites to access premium content without paying any subscription fees. In addition, 28% of respondents […]

Piracy to exceed US$67 billion by 2023

The value of pirate video services accessed by pay TV and non-pay TV consumers has been projected to exceed US$67 billion by 2023.  According to a new study from Parks Associates, if 10% of pay TV subscribers discontinued paying for the service in favour of piracy it could cost operators US$6 billion. The report also […]

Majority of Indonesian consumers admit to piracy

Nearly two thirds of video consumers in Indonesia have used pirate services. According to a new report from the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and conducted by YouGov, 63% of viewers consume pirate content and 29% use illicit streaming devices (ISDs) which stream pirated content. In total, 62% of those who admit […]

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 […]

Digital TV Europe is hosting a webinar on piracy management

Digital TV Europe will be hosting a webinar on the topic of piracy management with Viaccess-Orca next week, November 26.  Content piracy has evolved over the last few years with the democratization of IP-based video delivery. Pirates have found ways to bypass traditional content protection technologies, redistribute and monetize pirated content. Broadcasters face pressure to increase […]

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 […]

Video piracy in Russia drops for first time in five years

Content piracy in Russia has showed decline for the first time in five years. According to a new study from cybersecurity firm Group-IB, the volume of online piracy in the country amounts to US$63.5 million, which is 27% less than 2018.  The estimated the volume of the Russian video piracy market in monetary terms in […]

ISD seller jailed and fined US$170,000

In a landmark case, an electronics retailer in Singapore has been convicted of selling illegal streaming devices (ISDs). Synnex Trading, along with director Jia Xiaofeng, have been found guilty of four criminal charges of copyright infringement. The company was found to be selling devices that provided access to illegal broadcasts of entertainment content, specifically Premier […]

Football piracy rampant, with five million Brits admitting to watching illegal streams

Despite efforts from the Premier League to clamp down on piracy, over five million football fans have admitted to accessing illegal streams. According to the Fans of the EPL report, published by OLBG, 22% of UK football fans have admitted to using unofficial streams despite knowing their illegality. The report adds that 42% of the […]

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