justice blocks pirate IPTV services and streaming sites

On March 17, the Paris court ordered the blocking of pirate IPTV services from Internet service providers (ISPs). The LFP was delighted with this decision in the face of these systems denounced by the broadcasters.

A victory and a relief for the Professional Football League (LFP). The organizing body of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 welcomed, on Wednesday, the decision rendered on March 17 by the President of the Judicial Court of Paris ordering the blocking by Internet service providers (ISP ) French access to pirate IPTV services.

The LFP had launched the hunt against these systems (boxes or applications installed on the internet box allowing channels from all over the world to be watched) which allow the broadcasting of match images to the detriment of the official competition broadcasters, thus weighing down audiovisual revenues clubs.

“On the basis of article L. 333-10 of the Sports Code, the court also ordered the blocking of streaming sites broadcasting without authorization the Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT championships, underlines the press release. This This very important decision will enable ARCOM to request as soon as possible the blocking of mirror sites and sites not yet identified at the stage of the referral and the decision rendered.”

One billion euros in losses, according to Hadopi

“Faced with the economic stakes for French professional and amateur sport, the public authorities and the judicial authorities have grasped the urgency of providing effective protection for professional football competitions against the serious and repeated attacks to which they are subject. , continues the text. This decision is an essential step in the fight against piracy which allowed the adoption of the audiovisual law of October 2021 and comes to concretize the commitment of the Professional Football League.

In 2020, Hadopi (the High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights on the internet) estimated the losses linked to the use of IPTV systems at one billion euros for audiovisual groups. The number of users in France was then estimated at 3.4 million euros.

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