IPTV: pirate streaming blocking affects thousands of innocent services

While it’s up to ISPs to block access to pirate streams in most European countries, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Association (AAPA) forcing intermediaries to play a more proactive role in this fight.

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Torrent Freaks states that although IPTVs broadcast all kinds of pirated content, the ones that have been most vocal in defending their copyright are sports leagues, professional football and boxing. The illegal flow of these events represents a huge loss of revenue. In France, for example, Arcom and ISPs have joined forces to end sports content piracy.

Fight against IPTV hackers blocking access to thousands of innocent sites and they can’t complain about it

In a document detailing the problems they face, rightsholders criticize intermediaries for “using all the ambiguities of the law to do nothing”. […] Therefore, concrete measures must be taken,” he said. The AAPA is therefore calling for a law to be passed that would make it possible to stop illegal broadcasting within minutes of a notice. In the absence of cooperation, intermediaries should be designated as responsible.

However, Cloudflare, an American company that offers a content delivery network, claims that this policy is dangerous and leads to abuse. The company adds that “promoted IP address blocking against IPTV services often has serious unwanted, unavoidable and undeclared consequences.” It has already taken thousands of completely legit sites offline. In these cases, neither ISPs nor beneficiaries are liable to repair damage to services that have been unfairly penalized. According to Cloudflare, European law needs to be improved to demand greater transparency from rights holders.

Source : Torrent Freak

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