Dubai's OSN steps up fight against TV piracy

Pay-TV provider teams up with authorities to conduct more than 300 raids on illegal service providers
Dubai's OSN steps up fight against TV piracy
By Staff writer
Mon 25 Apr 2016 01:55 PM

OSN, the Dubai-based pay-TV network, has said it has scored big wins in its fight against television piracy across the region, having conducted more than 316 raids with the support of government authorities. 

OSN said it is upping the ante in its fight to curb the menace of TV piracy with concerted plans to swoop down on both illegal Dish TV services as well as the unauthorised distribution of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) services.

OSN joined hands with authorities in all GCC countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, as well as in Egypt and Jordan to conduct the anti-piracy raids.

This resulted in a significant reduction in the illegal distribution of pirated TV services, it said in a statement. 

It added that several unauthorised operators were fined, shops closed and equipment confiscated. More than 86,487 illegal videos were removed from YouTube/Dailymotion, and over 2,272 advertisements of pirated boxes were removed from online markets.

Further, 829 FTA (Free to Air) channel copyright infringements were detected and reported back to the satellite operators and distributors, OSN said. 

The company said it also secured a significant victory in its fight against illegal IPTV services, achieving a court conviction against an illegal provider in Dubai.

This marked the first time a court in the region has issued a conviction on TV piracy involving the unlicensed and unauthorised distribution of IPTV services in the UAE.

David Butorac, CEO of OSN, said: “Through our concerted efforts to curb TV piracy highlighted by our ‘Do the Right Thing’ campaign, we have been taking the lead in protecting IP rights with the cooperation of the governmental authorities.

“Across the region, we see tremendous support from the concerned authorities to curb TV piracy, given the huge loss in revenue to the state exchequers and the negative impact on the creative industry. Having made significant investments in equipment and training, we are using state-of-the-art technology to monitor all forms of TV piracy.”

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