Top TV industry players join to combat piracy
Dubai, March 19, 2014
Leading broadcasters, satellite operators and service providers across the Mena region have joined forces to launch the region’s first ‘anti-piracy coalition.’
Key industry players including OSN, Motion Picture Association of America, MBC Group, du, STN, JMC, Nilesat, Arabsat, Noorsat, Eutelsat and Viewsat, will work alongside content owners, distributors, satellite owners, satellite service providers, and advertisers, to raise awareness about the impact of piracy on the region’s burgeoning television industry.
The members of the coalition, driven by a common goal to protect intellectual property rights, have outlined a voluntary code of conduct, while publically associating themselves as active representatives of the drive.
The key players will monitor piracy on satellite TV, ensure information about pirate channels is shared among legitimate industry players and co-ordinate action against pirates.
David Butorac, chief executive officer, OSN, said: “The region’s television landscape has evolved significantly, and this growth has been spurred by the creation of original content. Intellectual property crime is not a victimless crime. It inhibits the capacity for companies like ours to invest to create a viable and robust entertainment industry, something this region deserves.
“Through the ‘Anti-Piracy Coalition,’ we will work with leaders from the industry and carry out a concerted effort to crack down on piracy.”
The coalition will adopt an all-inclusive approach, working with willing satellite operators, advertisers, studios and broadcasters to stop the pirate channels, he added. - TradeArabia News Service