Spain: LaLiga football league wins recognition for its anti-piracy efforts

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LaLiga, the Spanish football league, won ‘Best in Anti-piracy” in SportsPro’s OTT Awards 2020. It is the second year in a row that LaLiga has been named the winner in the antipiracy category, according to LaLiga.

Among the areas that won recognition for LaLiga, the league extended collaborations with other European sports leagues, including Dorna Sports (which runs two motorcycling championships), and Belgium’s Pro League.

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LaLiga also helped obtain court orders that blocked access to 18 Web domains that reached more than 5 million users worldwide.  The League also blocked nearly a million illegal video streams in the 2019-20 season, 375,000 videos on social media, and de-indexing of more than 80,000 illegal URLs.

Read LaLiga’s announcement (in English)

Why it matters

LaLiga’s efforts show how sports leagues can take a leadership role in fighting the theft of their content, by collaborating with other anti-piracy advocates, other sports leagues, technology suppliers, journalists, legal resources and law enforcement agencies.

Emilio Fernández, LaLiga’s COO for LaLiga Content Protection, said “It is our responsibility as rights holders to protect the audiovisual value of competitions for the sake of broadcast partners and clubs.”

A September report by Spanish antipiracy advocate LaCoalicion further documents LaLiga’s accomplishments.

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