Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) joins IBCAP anti-piracy organization

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NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s sole public service media organization, creating news, education, culture, family entertainment and sports programs, operating 12 channels.  NHK television and radio channels in approximately 160 countries and regions.

In June, the International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) announced that NHK had joined that organization. With the addition of NHK, IBCAP expands language content under its protection umbrella to include Japanese, and has added a Japanese-speaking analyst to its anti-piracy lab to focus on protecting NHK content.

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“We have been very impressed with the results achieved by IBCAP in controlling piracy for other members, and we are excited to join IBCAP and to bring our channels and VOD under IBCAP’s protection,” said Shigeki Sato, Head of Copyright & Contracts Division for NHK. “After visiting IBCAP’s state-of-the-art monitoring lab and meeting the legal and management teams, we were quickly convinced that joining this coalition was the right move for us to bolster the protection of NHK content not only in the U.S. but also worldwide.”

Further reading

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) joins IBCAP. Press release. June 25, 2024. International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP)

Why it matters

“With IBCAP’s specialization and focus on pirates that target multicultural communities, the addition of NHK is an obvious and strong fit for both organizations,” said Chris Kuelling, executive director of IBCAP. “We look forward to bringing piracy of their content under control, as we have successfully done for other IBCAP members. With more than 200 television channels from the U.S., Europe, Brazil, the Middle East and South Asia represented in our coalition and already under IBCAP protection, we are proud to now include channels from Japan as part of our coalition.”

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