Eurojust & Europol: Massive Pay TV Piracy Arrests in Europe

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Source: Eurojust (The European Union Judicial Cooperation Unit)

“A multi-country action day coordinated by Eurojust in The Hague led to the dismantling of an international criminal network committing massive fraud with pay-TV, which shows organised crime expanding its illegal activities to large-scale violations of audiovisual copyright.”

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Trans-European pay-TV fraud (press release of 18 September 2019). Image source: Eurojust

“More than 200 servers were taken offline in Germany, France and the Netherlands, and over 150 PayPal accounts of the criminals were blocked.”

Why it’s significant

These arrests were the results of infringement monitoring that began in 2015, showing that it takes time and effort to recognize and verify the problem, and to organize and coordinate the execution of an anti-piracy action across multiple organizations in multiple countries.

Or stated another way, anti-piracy isn’t easy.

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