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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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Piracy Monitor perspective: Why anti-piracy needs technical standards

It seems that the recognition phase of video piracy has finally passed. A year ago, there were still lots of questions about the existence...

Russia: Reports say 2020 pirate revenue dipped 7%; legal use rose...

A Group-IB report says that piracy revenue in Russia was down in 2020 by 7%, compared with a 27% drop in 2019, when one...

China: Is nationalist sentiment driving piracy down?

A writer from China and all of his friends grew up watching movies and TV shows from other countries, with Chinese subtitles. Only when...

Is the PLSA, making piracy a felony, too blunt an instrument?

Senators James Leahy and Thom Tillis, the Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the US Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property sent a...

An interview with Jonathan Friend

Piracy Monitor's Steve Hawley catches up with Jonathan Friend, the CEO of the anti-piracy technology company Friend MTS, which has just updated its flagship product.  We also welcome Friend...

Philippines: Globe Telecom teams up to fight piracy, push regulators

After the publication of research that found 28% of Filipinos use illicit streaming devices, Globe and the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) announced plans to collaborate in pushing regulators to...

Broadcaster alliance announces progress against US pirates

The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP), working with Nagra, announced the end of multiple piracy operations across several US states; resulting from anti-piracy operations. IBCAP Executive Director Chris Kuelling...

74% watching pirated sports could switch to legal sources worth $28B

Now the impact of piracy has been well established, the latest in a series of reports released by Ampere Analysis and Synamedia focuses on the positive impact of campaigns...

Netflix reported to be testing 2FA as a credential abuse countermeasure

Netflix has reportedly initated a trial of two-factor authentication, to help fight infringing use of Netflix consumer accounts. A Netflix company representative quoted by The Washington Post notes that it's...

Team effort shuts 43 million app users from “World’s largest streaming pirate”

With the cooperation of Europol and Eurojust, Spanish police shut down Mobdro, said to be the world's largest streaming pirate, with 43 million users worldwide.  The shut-down took place...

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