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Piracy Monitor provides news and insights about video piracy: the theft of live and on-demand programming, movies, pay TV services, advertising and network capacity through illegal use.  Piracy has real and lasting effects on consumers, rights-holders and service providers and deprives working creative professionals of their livelihoods.

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.   

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UK: Aided by FACT, West Mercia police shut streaming pirate

A 56 year old man was arrested for questioning on suspicion of enabling others to commit the offence of obtaining services dishonestly, and for...

BuyDRM acquired by OVHCloud, but 2021 fire may cloud IPO

Security technology developer BuyDRM was acquired by OVHCloud, a leading European cloud provider; to help OVHCloud gain market traction in the media and entertainment...

Delays in copyright directive draws fire from European Commission

23 EU member countries have been asked by the EC to identify how they have been implementing copyright directives from the EU's Directive on Copyright...

Intertrust divests whiteCyption software protection to Zimperium

Intertrust Technologies, the inventor of DRM, has divested its whiteCryption software protection technology to Zimperium, a mobile security specialist focused on enterprise solutions. whiteCryption's code protection...

ACE cease-and-desist order results in Serbia pirate shut-down

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) announced the shut-down of Premiumcccam.net, which provided access to more than 6,000 TV channels and content from Sky, Viacom Media, and Canal+. Subscriptions...

Italy: Piracy after lockdown dips below pre-pandemic levels

A study conducted by IPSOS and released by the Italian anti-piracy agency FAPAV in July shows that piracy in 2021 has returned to levels that are slightly lower than...

Brazil: Round three of Operation 404 seizes sites, servers and suspects

Brazil's Ministry of Justice and Public Safety carried out the third phase of Operation 404 in partnership with police across Brazilian 9 states on July 8th.  Phase 1 took...

UK: Jail time for illegally supplying and viewing Premier League content

The operator of subscription-based IPTV service TV Solutions, a pirate streaming service that offered illegal access to sports and entertainment broadcast content, including live Premier League matches and Sky...

Son of Area 51: Pirate agreed to shut down but resumed as Altered Carbon

A group of studios (listed below) filed a complaint against Jason Tusa and 'Does 1-10', alleging that Tusa and the other defendents currently operate the pirate streaming site Altered.Carbon TV,...

Close-up: Learning anti-piracy best practices from the studios

By Steve Hawley We continue and conclude our conversation with Chris Odgers, beginning with how a  studio might protect itself against cyberattacks.  Attacks on IT and communications infrastructure – not to...

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