A Netherlands-based anti-piracy group BREIN announced that it had reached a 10,000 euro settlement with a supplier of illegal IPTV services. The agency obtained an ex-parte court order against a person selling cheap subscriptions to otherwise premium channels, which could be accessed with help of a set-top box or regular PC.
Today, pirated movies can be downloaded from BitTorrent trackers, while live TV can be watched on illegal streaming portals. However, the combined experience is usually inconvenient in comparison with official services, though the price is much more attractive.
In the meantime, unauthorized IPTV services fill the middle ground, as they offer decent quality streaming TV with VOD services and superior convenience at bargain basement prices. This is why rights owners, including BREIN, now increasingly target such services. BREIN filed an ex-parte application in April, asking for an immediate injunction to prevent live TV and on-demand streaming being offered by the provider, who offered subscriptions costing between 80 euros and 119.95 euros per year for about 1,800 channels of unauthorized content. Its package included a video-on-demand service, which offered nearly 550 HD movies, many of which were the latest titles, beyond what even Netflix can offer.
In this case, the content provided by the supplier was accessed via a hyperlink. This is why the anti-piracy group cited the recent court decision, which found that there is a communication to the public when unauthorized content is supplied via a commercial link. BREIN also added that streams were usually accompanied by corresponding movie posters or DVD covers, which also amounts to copyright infringement under the local case law.
A few days ago, the supplier received the ex parte order, upon which the anti-piracy group agreed to settle for 10,000 euros plus the same amount for further IPTV subscriptions, individual hyperlinks, or days that it violates the court order. This amount seems relatively reasonable if taking into consideration the substantial penalties that may result from a successful direct infringement lawsuit.
Meanwhile, lots of similar suppliers will quickly fill the gap. The question is whether the consumers will go for it again.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Saturday, May 06th, 2017
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