18 April 2017
Reporter: Mark Dugdale

IBCAP and NAGRA expand anti-piracy partnership


The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) and NAGRA, a Kudelski Group company, have expanded their initiative to combat infringement of non-US content.

IBCAP, which boasts more than 30 TV broadcasters as members covering over 130 channels, will work with NAGRA, a content protection provider, to implement new strategies focused on combatting the illegitimate use and distribution of international content in the US.

The organisations have worked together since 2014, with NAGRA supporting IBCAP’s lawsuits in the US and other initiatives to stop the infringing activities of providers and retailers of piracy services.

Under the expanded agreement, IBCAP and NAGRA will pay particular attention to set-top boxes, websites, and other streaming platforms, through a monitoring lab and automated systems.

NAGRA will target servers providing IBCAP member content without authorisation, including both linear feeds and video-on-demand content, and take actions to have that content removed.

It will also provide on-the-ground investigation services and enhanced litigation support tools, with an initial focus on identifying and educate retailers selling pirate services, and collecting evidence for future investigations and lawsuits.

Chris Kuelling, executive director of IBCAP, said: “The expansion of our agreement with NAGRA will help us leverage the latest technologies and expertise in content protection and anti-piracy with the aim of putting pirates out of business and replacing them with legitimate providers.”

Frederic Guitard, vice president media security services at NAGRA, added: “Developing automated, state-of-the-art tools to detect unauthorised streaming—especially on increasingly popular IPTV set-top boxes and Kodi add-ons—helps ensure we can take swift and decisive action against pirates and maintain the value of the services offered to IBCAP members.”

The expansion of IBCAP and NAGRA’s agreement comes amid a severe crackdown on IPTV set-top boxes and other, newer means of infringement.

Earlier in April, EU law enforcement agency Europol coordinated the dismantling of a criminal network specialised in the illegal distribution of pay-TV channels through IPTV technology across Europe.

Amazon, meanwhile, has added streaming media players to its seller guidelines, reminding users of its marketplace that “products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorised access to digital media or other protected content”.

The Premier League is also getting in on the act, seeking and obtaining an order in the UK that compels ISPs to block certain servers until the conclusion of the current season on 22 May.

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