BBC joins crackdown on piracy as millions blocked from free streams

The BBC has stepped up its efforts to tackle online piracy by joining the International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP). This coalition includes more than 150 television stations from around the world and is designed to end the illegal broadcasting of international television programs in the United States. The coalition has successfully lobbied for a number of bans on illicit websites that offer free streaming of its members’ premium TV shows.

IBCAP also works with a number of digital security companies, such as the Kudelski Group. In the past, the Kudelski Group has used its anti-piracy tools to crack down on illegal streaming using IPTV set-top boxes, like those powered by Kodi and other third-party software. These tools can automatically detect unauthorized streaming so that quick action can be taken against pirates – before the stream is finished.

IBCAP has confirmed that it will work with the Beeb to protect its domestic and international channels in the United States.

“TV piracy is causing financial harm to the UK creative industry, depriving UK producers and broadcasters of revenue for future investment,” said Diane Hamer, Head of Content and Brand Protection, Business and Legal Affairs. for BBC Studios. “The relationship between IBCAP and BBC Studios allows both parties to collect evidence, share information, improve detection and implement comprehensive and coordinated strategies to disrupt piracy in the United States.”

It should be noted that the law does not recognize any difference between downloading and streaming. As long as you are watching paid content for free without permission from the rights holder, you will likely be watching illegally. For those who want another season of a favorite TV show or a sequel to a good movie, those viewership numbers won’t be counted and could mean the broadcaster thinks there’s no audience for more. of content.

Of course, as Diane Hamer said, it also robs those who worked hard on content of a payday.

The news comes a few days later a new High Court order has forced the UK’s biggest broadband providers to block a hacking website, nicknamed Mixdrop. The claim for the latest block has been filed in the High Court by some of the biggest entertainment brands on the planet including Columba Pictures, Disney Enterprises, Netflix Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal City Studios, Warner Bros – collectively represented by the Motion Picture Association. – and Sky in early February.

The successful enforcement of blocking demonstrates the power of a coalition of broadcasters seeking to stop widespread piracy.

“Acting as a coalition, rather than individually, has proven to be not only cost effective, but also very effective in reducing piracy of our members’ content, adds Chris Kuelling, Executive Director of IBCAP. as a new member. and we are delighted to have them now in our coalition.”

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