Pay-TV Piracy in Europe and Why Media Piracy is Still a Serious Problem, Growing Throughout the World
Christine Maury-Panis,Vice President of the European Anti-Piracy Association AEPOC and Executive VP, General Counsel, Digital Pay-TV technology provider Viaccess - France Telecom, France
Precedent in Belgium: For the first time a court sentenced Pay-TV pirates to severe imprisonment and heavy fines – Sky Deutschland will receive over 2 million Euros in damages. A great success. Nevertheless, Europe could soon fall behind, because the methods of the pirates are developing ever faster and the existing EU legislation is barely able to keep pace.
Directive 98/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 1998 on the Legal Protection of Services based on, or consisting of, Conditional Access – this is the full title of the European key legislation to protect pay-TV by an own dedicated legal basis.
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