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Digital media piracy is the greatest enemy to creative professionals, rights-holders and their distribution partners the world over.  Piracy Monitor exists to help them better understand the risks associated with piracy, the technologies that help detect it, and about available countermeasures and best practices against it; to help them preserve their abilities to make a living and maintain operations.  Piracy Monitor is published by Advanced Media Strategies LLC. Steve Hawley is Managing Director.

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HIVE ransomware platform disrupted in multi-national sting

Since June 2021, the HIVE ransomware group targeted more than 1,500 victims around the world and received over $100 million in ransom payments. After the ransomware victims paid, HIVE affiliates and...

IBCAP credits its technology platform for 2022 anti-piracy successes

The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) announced key 2022 achievements in protecting its members’ content and removing pirate services from the U.S. market and worldwide.  The organization supports the protection of more...

Horowitz Research finds password sharing can be converted, as Netflix beats...

As Netflix rolls out new programs to monetize password sharing, a study by Horowitz Research also suggested that doing so would not be the end of the world.  Horowitz found that...

Nordics: 3 million SVOD accounts are borrowed from other households

According to Mediavision’s latest analysis of the Nordic TV and streaming market, as many as three million video-on-demand  subscriptions (SVOD) are currently accessed by users from other households.   Mediavision is a...

Belarus legalizes media piracy, following Russian footsteps

On January 3, the Republic of Belarus, a Russian ally, declared that "it is allowed to use the following objects of intellectual property without the consent (permission) of the...

Sony patents piracy app blacklister. But was Google there first?

Sony Group Corporation (Tokyo) was granted US Patent US2023/0006971 A1 on January 5, "Anti-Piracy Control Based on Blacklisting Function" which determines whether apps being installed by consumers are actually...

Netherlands: BREIN catches a ‘spider in the web,’ cuts off torrenting trackers

While much attention is given to streaming piracy, the Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN continues to be busy against illegal distribution via Bittorrent protocol.  Because past efforts have been successful...

UK: Taking a ‘retail’ approach to anti-piracy, backed by police agency collaboration

Following raids by West Mercia Police against a UK-based illegal streaming service that was supplying entertainment and sports content via modified boxes, firesticks, and subscriptions, the UK's Federation Against...

Netherlands: BREIN targets illegal ‘IPTV’ providers, both large and small

The BREIN Foundation, a Dutch anti-piracy group, tracked down 19 illegal IPTV providers during 2022, bringing their total since 2017 to about 370 operators. In December 2022, BREIN announced a...

2022 Highlights US: Law suits and shut-downs are weapons of choice. DMCA update in...

The number of requests to infringing Web sites worldwide increased by an estimated 22% in 2022, with film requests growing the most.  Of the top 15 countries accessing illegal...

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