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Piracy Monitor provides news and insights about digital piracy: the theft of valuable programming, services, content, advertising and its effect on consumers, rights-holders, service providers and creative professionals.

Learn more about piracy.  Piracy Monitor is an initiative of tvstrategies (Advanced Media Strategies LLC), and is active in four areas: Piracy Awareness, Market Intelligence, Industry Marketing and Consulting.   

Current & recent news items

US Trade Representative publishes 2020 Notorious Markets report

On January 14, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy, which...

BBC Studios: Piracy challenges its distribution strategy; anti-piracy evolves

By Steve Hawley The British Broadcasting Corporation is one of the premier public institutions in the UK, running eight television channels that are broadcast nationally...

$1B music industry piracy judgement against Cox is upheld

A piracy judgement in excess of $1 Billion against Cox Communications, arrived at in 2019, and subsequently appealed, was upheld in an order released...

Danish aftermath: Six more charged. What happens next?

Denmark's Rights Alliance has begun the new year with several announcements.  Following the closure of the last two pirate video sites based in Denmark,...

India: Actor, director and production house all plead against piracy

The day before the Tamil action movie, "Master," was to be released in India, copies of it were found on pirate sites.  It surely...

US: Annual Intellectual Property Report released

The Office of the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator released the United States Annual Intellectual Property Report To Congress for 2020.  The report details...

Denmark: Last two pirate services within the country have shut down

Denmark's Rights Alliance reports that Asgaard and ShareUniversity - the last two pirate services based within Denmark - have closed down. When Danish authorities shut down the...

Phillipines: Charges filed against social media pirates who profited

The Philippines' Optical Media Board (OMB) filed complaints against 15 individuals who illegally streamed movies from the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) over their...

Mainer to be jailed: Sale of stolen video on physical media still exists

After a week-long jury trial, a video retailer in the US state of Maine was convicted in late December for selling illegally duplicated DVDs...

US: Streaming piracy becomes US felony, and “copyright small claims court” bill passes

Two important copyright protection bills were passed as part of the U.S.' far-reaching COVID-19 relief and government funding package, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 The...

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