Pandemic has created a new environment for online broadcast piracy “which will never be eradicated”

21 September 2021

Piracy
Photo: Alamy Leicester-players in disbelief after a VAR-episode this weekend. According to anti-piracy experts MUSO, there were 337 million visits to sport piracy websites from the UK alone between July 2020 and June 2021.

Senior Premier League executive says lockdown created a surge in demand for content, feeding broadcast piracy.

Coordinated EU action is needed to compel ISPs to take down content more quickly.

Broadcast security expert says that lockdown served as a “gateway” to a new audience for illegal broadcasts and that it is not “a victimless” crime, but a sophisticated criminal business.

Independent research claims the EPL loses £1 million per game in sponsorship revenue due to piracy.

James Corbett, Senior Correspondent corbett@offthepitch.com

A senior EPL executive has warned that piracy of sports broadcasts will never be eradicated, and says that the pandemic has created “a new environment” in which illegal streams and broadcasts have increased to keep up with demand.

Mathieu Moreuil, the EPL’s Director of International Football Relations and EU Affairs, told SIGA’s Sport Integrity Week conference that the Premier League had “made life difficult” for online pirates, particularly in the UK, but acknowledged that there needed to be greater political will at EU level for wider success.

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