Italy update: Serie A & Google, piracy arrests, consumer education initiative

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News items from italy in recent weeks include the announcement by FAPAV (Italy’s Federation for the Protection of Audiovisual and Multimedia Content) that piracy increased nearly four-fold during the lockdown of spring 2020, threatening employment and the economy.

To counter piracy, FAPAV worked with Italian police to block 224 Web sites that illegally distributed audiovisual works, and announced a public communication initiative called “WE ARE STORIES,” to educate the public of all ages about the protection of the audiovisual industry.

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“We are in a crucial moment for the sector” said Federico Bagnoli Rossi, General Secretary of FAPAV. “The restart phase must be characterized by the utmost awareness of how central and decisive it is to operate in a context of legality and respect for the rules.”

Mr Rossi also appealed to the need to protect against the illegal exploitation of the creative industry, which is a fundamental part of the culture.

Read FAPAV’s May 25 press release (Auto translated to English from Italian original by Google Translate)

Google agreed to remove video apps from its Play Store which enable users to watch Serie A football (soccer) matches illegally, according to Serie A, as part of an agreement to reduce online piracy.

Read the original article (May 17, Reuters)

Italian police shut down a piracy operation that enabled 1.5 million users to illegally access programming from Netflix, Sky, DAZN and Mediaset.  45 people are being investigated for illegal distribution.

Read the original article (May 14, Reuters)

Italy’s Milan-based Financial Police seized two illegal pirate operations in Sicily and Switzerland which distributed programming through 900 resellers, for an estimated loss to broadcasters of €130 million.  The resellers – and more than 2,000 end users – are being fined.

Read further details via Advanced Television (May 26)

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