Illegal live streaming viewers have been put on red alert, with free pirated content from Sky TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video ultimately facing a total ban. This week, the EU took another step to seriously hamper the spread of live broadcasts of illegal sports as well as pirated movies and box sets. This is thanks to the law on digital services (DSA), a draft proposal of which has been adopted by the Brussels legislator.
The DSA includes a number of anti-piracy measures, such as rapid opt-out processes for pirated live streams, which allow the offending content to be removed within 30 minutes.
While the DSA is also ushering in a takedown deadline for other illegal content, with this material to be removed within 72 hours, according to a publication by TorrentFreak.
Elsewhere, proposed legislation includes a system of “trust signals” where certain people will receive preferential treatment when attempting to have content removed.
Ahead of the vote in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) earlier this week, a heated debate took place on the merits of the measures.
Those opposed include members of the Greens, fearing the proposals could lead to more download filters.
While copyright holders have previously said the DSA’s measures do not go far enough.
In the run-up to the vote, an open letter was written to the European Parliament, warning of the risks of one aspect of the DSA – the “signals of confidence” regime.
The letter, which was written by organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said: “Platforms should not be forced to apply one set of rules to ordinary users and a more permissive set of rules to influencer accounts. and politicians First-class treatment for sources and notifications from non-independent authorities or business entities should be rejected.
However, despite hindsight, JURI voted in favor of the bill.
There is still some way to go before the DSA is adopted, but this latest development has taken things one step further.
Speaking on these measures, the European Parliament said: “The Digital Services Act significantly improves the mechanisms for removing illegal content and effectively protecting the fundamental rights of online users, including freedom of expression.
“It also creates stronger public scrutiny of online platforms, in particular for platforms that reach more than 10% of the EU population.”
As always with internet piracy, the easiest thing you can do to avoid getting caught up in the law is to just access the content legally and pay for it.
Providers like Sky and Virgin Media regularly run introductory deals that help first-time sign-ups save a lot of money.
And given the risks of watching content illegally, just paying for content like you’re supposed to can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.
This was perfectly evidenced by the news that recently emerged from Virgin Media customers receive letters demanding money after illegally hacking a Hollywood blockbuster.
And it is believed that the money needed to settle the money could end up in the thousands.