EU: Complex Pirate IPTV Networks Underpin a Parallel Black Market
For rightsholders seeking to disrupt the pirate IPTV market, the European Commission’s Piracy Watch List is an opportunity to name specific services and focus attention. This year’s report does just that while also highlighting
fundamental challenges. Pirate IPTV networks are international, technically complex, and inherently difficult to monitor. This potent mix underpins a “parallel black market.”
Since 2018 the European Commission has published an annual ‘Piracy Watch List’ detailing numerous piracy threats.
Based on rightsholder input, sites and services considered particularly troublesome are publicly named to raise awareness, focus minds, and shape policy to meet the challenges ahead. The USTR publishes a similar annual report that operates along broadly the same lines and shares similar goals.
This year’s Counterfeiting and Piracy Watch List features services including Mega and Fmovies. They are joined by several pirate IPTV providers that may attract additional attention over the next 12 months.
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