How to Fight Increasing Content Piracy

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1Q 2020 | IN-5737


European Commission Highlighted Content Piracy in Saudi Arabia


A report on the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in third countries published by the European Commission in January 2020 highlighted video content piracy in Saudi Arabia. The European Commission has accused Saudi Arabia of causing harm to European business by supporting pirate sports channel BeoutQ, which is believed to be pirating and redistributing content from BeIN Sports. BeoutQ is accused of distributing content belonging to E.U. sport event organizers and E.U. right holders in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the European Union without authorization. Content piracy is, in fact, not limited to MENA, but rather a major global concern that is causing huge revenue losses for different stakeholders in the pay TV industry. For example, 2018, BeIN claimed more than US$1 billion of damages against BeoutQ due to piracy.

Increasing Piracy Concerns


Video content piracy is done in multiple ways. The hacking and cloning of smart cards have been used to …

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