The illegal distribution of on-demand content such as IPTV pirate is putting in check the large corporations that invest millions of euros in a series of agreements to disseminate contentsespecially sports, in different parts of the globe.
Following an initial appeal from a large number of rights holders involved in creating and broadcasting live events, the European Comission will put on the table a series of tools to combat the piracy IPTV.
To do this, they have invited all rights holders to present evidence and proposals to combat this piracy that they claim “is endangering their own businesses and that they are a persistent threat of illegal and unlicensed competition.”
Specifically, rights holders they want a change in the law that applies to intermediariessuch as hosting services, to immediately cease this type of illegal transmission.
In October last year, more than 100 rights holders, organizations and other media groups coordinated to demand a change from the European Commission to end this type of IPTV piracy.
The European Commission has pledged to follow up on a European Parliament resolution by offering tools to combat these illegal broadcasts.
European Commission calls for evidence to combat IPTV piracy
Now the European Commission has called on all these rights-holder groups to provide evidence in order to offer adequate tools to address this problem.
“It is necessary to identify effective solutions, in accordance with EU law, to quickly remove or block access to unauthorized retransmissions, taking due account of the nature of the content,” the European Commission announcement read.
“Several remedies against unauthorized retransmissions of content are already provided for in EU law,” they add.
“Harmonize the rules on notification and action mechanisms, and expedite the processing of notifications sent to hosting service providers to eliminate unauthorized retransmissions of live events,” they state.
“The Commission will recommend to Member States and market players the best use of these existing tools for the specific case of unauthorized retransmissions of live events. It will also aim to promote cooperation between market players and between the relevant administrative authorities established in certain Member States.
Rights holders need real-time disabling tools, but also tougher policies against repeat infringers and increased enforcement.
On the other hand, the European Commission is not closed to new legislation to mitigate this problem: “The Commission will establish a monitoring system to assess the effects of the recommendation on the effectiveness of legal remedies, based on the information collected, in in particular, from the Member States, the EUIPO Observatory on infringements of IP rights, right holders and intermediaries”.
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