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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.

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Jurassic World 2nd-most streamed, a week before release, says MUSO

The largest daily spikes in demand for the latest Jurassic franchise film took place a week prior to its official digital release on July 14th, according to MUSO, a company that...

VeePN case: Piracy defendant complies, attention turns downstream

A lawsuit filed on July 1 by a plaintiff group of independent studios against VeePN for "committing movie piracy," has been partially resolved; with a restraining order dismissed, and the court's...

VSS 2022: Pinpointing and Shutting Down Sports Piracy at Lightning Speed

Live sports content continues to be the most desirable for pirates to steal. Identifying infringing use is critical, both because the programming itself is valuable and because sports matches only hold...

VSS 2022: Hijacked Residential IPs – A New Threat to the...

Millions of users who downloaded “free” VPN software to bypass territorial content restrictions have unwittingly had their residential IPs hijacked by these VPN providers (through the terms of service) and then...

Netherlands: BREIN reports two piracy settlements against individuals during July

On July 28, the Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN announced a settlement of €115,000 against the directors of four private companies, who were deemed as personally liable for piracy.  A further...

Canada: Two-year-plus Mountie investigation results in piracy charges against five

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police initiated Project OLoki in January 2020, focusing on a group of individuals running a large-scale unlawful IPTV distribution service.  According to a RCMP news release,...

Italy: Rojadirecta must compensate Mediaset €529K plus legal fees

The Italian broadcaster Mediaset has won a judgment against Rojadirecta, a notorious sports piracy site managed by a Spanish company, and must pay nearly 530,000 euros in restitution to...

UK: FACT targets pirates across West Midlands and Warwickshire

Cease and Desist notices have been served to individuals suspected of supplying illegal sports streaming services. Police officers from West Midlands and Warwickshire Police were supported by investigators from FACT,...

Update: Netflix broadens market tests of paid account sharing in LatAm

Netflix announced that it is expanding its market tests of charges to users who are sharing their Netflix accounts with households other than their own. “Today’s widespread account sharing between...

VSS 2022: New Ways to Prevent Detect and Combat Piracy – Verimatrix

When it comes to anti-piracy, large video providers have multiple needs, which challenge the conventional wisdom that anti-piracy is a simple matter settled by watermarking, monitoring and take-down notices....

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