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November 27, 2019 News

The Observatory has published today a report on illegal IPTV in the EU


 

Television, in the form of news broadcasts, game shows, television series, videos or sports events, is loved by most people. While the internet has provided new opportunities for television broadcasters, it also poses new challenges. The interactivity afforded by the internet has facilitated the rise in the unauthorised delivery of internet protocol television (IPTV).

The EUIPO report on illegal IPTV in the EU estimates that the unlawful revenue generated by this phenomenon in 2018 was a staggering EUR 941.7 million and that these services were used by 13.7 million people in the EU (3.6 % of the EU-28 population). Copyright-infringing business models exploit evolving technology and emerging business opportunities, and this report provides an insight into the technical aspects, complex supply chains and legal issues involved, as well as covering related case-law. The report casts light on the dark side of an everyday activity which is being exploited by organised crime.  The full report can be found here.