IBCAP adds new member, expands anti-piracy coverage to Europe and Middle East

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Times Internet Limited, India’s largest digital network and owner of Cricbuzz, has joined the International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) anti-piracy organization.  Times Internet Ltd. has exclusive streaming rights for Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket programming in many countries, including Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden; which has the effect of expanding IBCAP’s range into Europe and the Middle East.

Cricbuzz is one of the world’s leading cricket content destinations, featuring news, articles and live coverage of cricket matches, including videos, text commentary, player stats and team rankings.

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Cricbuzz also offers a mobile app, which is one of the most popular mobile apps for cricket news and scores in India. Cricbuzz had 100MN+ active users worldwide, generating 314 BN page views as of 2022. The mobile app has over 364 MN+ downloads as of Feb 2023.

One of the benefits of IBCAP membership is the monitoring of live cricket matches for the IPL 2023 tournament on behalf of Cricbuzz.

Cricket is one of the world’s most popular sports (Image source: Cricbuzz)

“We are thrilled to offer cricket fans across the MENA, Continental Europe and Latin America regions digital access to one of the most important tournaments in cricket, the Indian Premier League,” said Pankaj Chhaparwal, CEO of Cricbuzz. “With IBCAP’s support, we aim to combat unauthorized streaming and provide a great experience for our users.”

Further reading

IBCAP Expands into Europe and Middle East with the Addition of Cricbuzz as Newest Member.  Press release. May 10, 2023. International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy

Why it matters

“It is a natural progression to expand that expertise into additional countries across Europe and the Middle East,” said Chris Kuelling, executive director of IBCAP. “We look forward to showcasing the significant value we bring to members, like Cricbuzz, in delivering the resources and expertise necessary in the fight against piracy.”

IBCAP now represents more than 170 channels from leading international and U.S. content owners, broadcasters and distributors from the U.S. and around the world.  As the largest anti-piracy organization focused on illicit services offering multicultural content, the non-profit organization proactively monitors and identifies unauthorized video services, collects evidence and assists with legal actions and criminal investigations against organizations and individuals engaging in pirate activities.

IBCAP coordinates with government agencies and law enforcement both in the U.S. and abroad, reports suspected infringers to the appropriate authorities, initiates investigations and promotes the prosecution of persons or companies who participate in the illegal distribution of its members’ video content.

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