The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy, which represents more than 150 TV channels from around the world, has successfully shut down some of the largest pirate services in the US.
BBC Studios, which represents the BBC Group, has joined the International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) in its bid to fight piracy. As part of its membership, IBCAP will play an instrumental role in protecting the BBC’s channels against piracy in the US.
Diane Hamer, Head of Business & Legal Affairs Content and Brand Protection for BBC Studios, said: “Television piracy causes financial harm to the British creative industry, depriving UK producers and broadcasters of income for future investment. As BBC Studios continues to distribute valuable content in the US and around the world, to return value to its parent company, the British Broadcasting Corporation, it will work with IBCAP to help monitor for infringement and stand as the initial bulwark against piracy. The relationship between IBCAP and BBC Studios enables both parties to collect evidence, share information, enhance detection, and implement comprehensive and coordinated strategies to disrupt piracy in the US.”
IBCAP represents more than 150 TV channels from around the world and is the leading alliance of international broadcasters organised to prevent the unauthorised streaming and illegal distribution of international TV content in the US. BBC Studios joins a coalition that has successfully shut down some of the largest pirate services in the US. IBCAP’s state-of-the-art anti-piracy lab monitors more than 250 different pirate set-top boxes and all major pirate websites, apps and social media platforms. In addition to these distribution platforms, the coalition’s enforcement efforts also effectively remove additional sales channels, including local “brick and mortar” shops and online retailers.
Chris Kuelling, Executive Director of IBCAP, added: “Leveraging our success to date, IBCAP continues to expand its membership by offering the benefits of our world-class anti-piracy lab and highly successful strategies against pirate services that have significantly impacted our members’ business. Acting as a coalition, rather than individually, has proven to be not only cost-effective, but also highly successful in reducing piracy of our members’ content. We welcome BBC Studios as our newest member and are thrilled to now have them as part of our coalition.”