Piracy

European Anti-Piracy Coalition Proposes Powerful IPTV Takedown Tools

Written by Bill Toulas
Published on November 24, 2020

The AAPA (Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance), which is something like the European “ACE,” is proposing a range of new measures and tools to be deployed against IPTV services based or operating in the continent.

These pirate IPTV platforms are re-distributing content belonging to broadcasters such as BT, Sky, Canal+, Nova, beIN, DAZN, Cosmote TV, CYTA, and OSN. This harms the profits of these media companies, as people are streaming sports events and other types of content without paying the monthly subscription.

But stopping these platforms is neither simple nor easy, so here’s what the AAPA proposed.

Applying all of the above is complicated, especially the “KYC” part, as there are anonymous services like Njalla that are not breaking any laws whatsoever. If the EU were to approve the above, piracy in the continent would surely become a lot harder for both the providers and the casual pirates, likely pushing many of them to the dark web. AAPA takes a “want it all” approach here, and understandably, but it doesn’t appear to be very realistic or even feasible.



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