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 […]

Football piracy ring ‘mastermind’ given £1 million fine for ISD sales

A British man, who had previously been sentenced to more than seven years in prison, has been handed a £1 million fine for selling illegal streaming devices (ISDs).  Steven King, described by the English Premier League as the ‘mastermind’ behind the pirate streaming operation Dreambox, was jailed for seven years and four months in March […]

Piracy on the rise in the Nordics

Despite the ease of finding available video content on free and subscription streaming services, piracy is still a concern across the Nordic region, a new report claims. According to a new report from Mediavision, the number of pirates actually has increased in the past 12 months across Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The report found […]

Canal+ and beIN secure piracy-busting injunction to protect Champions League coverage

French broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports France have obtained injunctions to prevent themselves against pirate UEFA Champions League broadcasts. The Paris Court of Justice has handed the broadcasters these injunctions to the broadcasters at a time when regulator ARCOM is clamping down on online piracy.  The orders are described as “one of the first of […]

Brit sentenced to 22 months in prison and large fine over role in piracy ring

A British man has been sentenced to almost two years in prison after pleading guilty to involvement in a global piracy ring Sparks Group. Sparks, which has cost movie and TV production studios tens of millions of dollars over almost a decade, has become notorious for leaking movies and TV shows ahead of their scheduled […]

Piracy cost Spanish economy more than €2 billion and 20,000 jobs in 2020

Digital piracy in Spain has experienced a decline, but it is still costing rights holders billions in lost revenue, claims a new report. According to a new report from GfK, there was a 7% drop in access to illegal content in the country in 2020. However, a total of 5.239 billion pieces of illegal content […]

End users to face fine as Guardia di Finanza shuts down 600 pirate football sites

A major anti-piracy operation has been carried out by Italian authorities to seize more than 600 websites that were illegally streaming the ongoing UEFA Euro 2020 championships. The operation was conducted by the Guardia di Finanza, and coordinated by the Naples Public Prosecutor’s Office, who identified and shut down the websites routing from servers across […]

Piracy still high in Nordics

New figures have shown that piracy still continues to be a major problem facing content rights holders in the Nordics. According to new figures from Mediavision, even though the supply of legal online video services has increased, piracy is still high. The report states that 14% of all people aged 15-74 in the region have […]

Asia Video Industry Association promotes Aaron Herps to GM of Coalition Against Piracy

The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) has announced the appointment of Aaron Herps as the general manager of its Coalition Against Piracy (CAP). Herps, who joined AVIA in 2019 as the operations manager for CAP, will be tasked with continuing to provide expert technical and forensic analysis of the shifting state of the piracy ecosystem […]

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