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 […]

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 […]

FACT claims success in drive against piracy

Investigators from the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and police officers from the UK’s West Midlands and Warwickshire Police have visited addresses across the West Midlands region this week to serve ‘cease and desist’ notices to a number individuals suspected of supplying illegal sports streaming services. FACT said that the initiative is aimed at preventing the […]

Egyptian piracy operation shut down by authorities with three arrested

Four high-profile pirate operations in Egypt have been shut down. beIN Media Group, working with the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), have praised the shutdown of four major illegal live sport operators in Cairo: Goalarab.com, Yalla-Shoot-7sry.com, yalla-shoot.us, and yallashoot-news.com. The four websites were visited by more than 4.8 million users globally in May, with […]

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