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Piracy Monitor exists to help the media and entertainment industry ecosystem better understand the risks associated with digital media piracy, and stay abreast of countermeasures and best practices against it.  Piracy is enemy number one of creative professionals and their distribution partners. Anti-piracy helps them preserve their abilities to make a living and maintain operations. 
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WIPO study: Copyright Infringement and the Availability of Licensed Content in...

The World Intellectual Property Organization study finds that inconsistent availability and high costs for programming from legal sources, coupled with the demand for film and TV content from unlicensed sources, drives...

Report: How consumers engage with pirate apps; ad-funded vectors for malware

Time to Compromise, a report from the Asia Video Industry Assocation (AVIA) and Dr Paul Watters, CEO of Cyberstronomy, illustrates consumer engagement with fraudulent apps and finds that it typically takes...

Europol and 10 national law enforcement agencies disrupt VPN.net service

Coordinated disruptive actions on January 17 in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, the US and the UK, seized or disrupted the 15 servers that hosted VPNLab.net, used by...

Russia cooperates with US request, arrests ransomware attackers

The Russian FSB security agency arrested 14 alleged members of a Russia-based ransomware gang on January 14, including a hacker behind the 2021 attack on the Colonial Pipeline in the United...

DISH and Sling revise DMCA complaint to identify individuals behind Sportsbay

In January, DISH Network and DISH subsidiary Sling TV amended  a complaint originally filed in July 2021 to identify two individuals residing in Argentina that operated the pirate Web...

beoutQ: Qatar and Saudi Arabia suspend notorious sports broadcast piracy dispute

With the suspension of efforts by Qatar and Saudi Arabia to pursue further action through the WTO, one of the world's largest and most notorious piracy cases may have...

Popcorn Time, infamous piracy site, forsaw its own demise

Popcorn Time, a Taiwan-based site that once was seen as an existential threat to the likes of Netflix, has shut down. According to the site, its demise was due...

Cox cites falsified evidence in request for dismissal of $1 billion judgment

In asking the US District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia to dismiss a $1 billion judgment against it, Cox Communications claimed that the decision was based on...

UKIPO publishes 11th Tracker report: infringing use was 25% in 2021

Published annually since 2012, the Online Copyright Infringement Tracker Survey studies the extent of online copyright infringement, digital behaviors and attitudes.  The study was conducted by AudienceNet, an independent...

Progress in 2021 sets stage for broader anti-piracy adoption in 2022

By Steve Hawley, Piracy Monitor A year ago, an industry executive confided that “Piracy is the world’s largest video service, where the content is free, you can watch any match,...

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