The UK’s Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) issued a warning to would-be video pirates of increasing vigilance, anti-piracy actions and enforcement against those who would provide access to boxing matches stolen from pay-per-view (PPV) distribution.
Citing details about anti-piracy efforts for the next most recent PPV fight, FACT reported that more than 30,000 illegal streams were removed from video-capable social media sites like Twitch and YouTube (and others). “Those 30,000 streams have more than 500,000 people watching – half a million people who then missed the action as streams came down,” according to a statement from FACT.
Read the FACT press release
Why it matters
While the FACT news release didn’t detail the risks posed to consumers by video pirates, it was clear about penalties against the pirates, including fines and jail terms. FACT encourages reporting of piracy to law enforcement via Crimestoppers, a UK-based organization concerned with media piracy and other forms of crime.