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Digital media piracy is the greatest enemy to creative professionals, consumers, rights-holders and their distribution partners the world over. To help them preserve their abilities to make a living and maintain operations, Piracy Monitor provides an authoritative resource so they can better understand the risks associated with piracy, the technologies that help detect it, and about available countermeasures and practices against it.

Piracy Monitor also conducts the Video Security Summit, an annual online event devoted to piracy/anti-piracy and cybersecurity.  Both are produced by Advanced Media Strategies LLC. Steve Hawley is Managing Director.  Unless bylined otherwise, all articles on this site are by Steve Hawley.

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Italy: Piracy Shield blocks 65 DNS & 8 IPs streaming Serie A football match...

Italy's regulatory agency AGCOM announced that starting on February 2, 2024, 65 DNS and 8 IP addresses involved in illegally broadcasting Day 23 play...

Artists, MPA testify to US House Judiciary AI hearing, fearing deepfakes and misguided regulation

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a field hearing on February 2, called "Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property:...

UK: Individual gets prison, fined for promoting & selling illegal Flawless streaming service

Over a four-year period from 2017 to 2021, 42 year-old Paul Merrell of Birmingham derived substantial income from the illegal provision of access to...

Datacamp transported infringing content for 11 pirate services, paid a $3M settlement in 2023

The UK-based CDN transport and caching provider had come to the attention of rights-holders in 2018, when the Motion Picture Association described it as...

Taiwan: Jail terms handed down to operators of GimyTV piracy sites

The GimyTV network of sites had been in operation since 2019. At the time of the police enforcement, its nine domains attracted more than...

Universal Music Group declines to renew TikTok distribution. Artists unsure...

On January 30, 2024, Universal Music Group (UMG) announced that its agreement with TikTok was about to expire. No longer would music by artists...

39 piracy operations and 33 countries profiled in USTR 2023 Notorious...

60 entities - companies, organizations and a handful of individuals - submitted formal comments to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) for...

Egypt-based illegal streaming service shut down; operated nearly 500 domains

Through 498 Internet domains, Cima4U had attracted more than 30 million combined monthly visits from 11.6 million unique visitors. The illegal service based in...

21% of the West African cinema industry loses 75% or more...

Nigeran filmmakers were celebrating a successful start to 2024, in which one film, A Tribe Called Judah made history by capturing $1.6 Million (1.5 billion...

Filmbankmedia adds forensic watermarking to licensed content for distribution

Filmbankmedia provides content distribution and technology solutions to a wide array of vertical market sectors that range from healthcare, hotels, transport, maritime, education to...

Disney’s Star LLC joins IBCAP to help protect South Asian channels...

The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) announced the addition of a new member, Star US LLC, an affiliate of The Walt Disney Company. Star operates a...

Stanford compares AI Foundation models for transparency; none rate higher than...

Stanford University's Center for Research on Foundation Models, part of its Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (Stanford HAI), has published a Foundation Model Transparency...

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