AEPOC evolves into AAPA to continue battle against piracy
Editor | 18-12-2012

The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) has been officially inaugurated picking up the baton from its predecessor AEPOC to facilitate the co-ordination of intelligence and anti-piracy activities and to ensure effective legislation to achieve successful enforcement action.

AAPA says that it represents the major players in the pay-TV industry, including BSkyB, Conax, Eutelsat, INSIDE Secure, Irdeto, Liberty Global, Melita, NAGRA, NDS, Nova, Open Tech, Pace, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Verimatrix, Viaccess, Ziggo and Zon. The Alliance’s stated mission is to support the fight against piracy where this involves the development, promotion, distribution, application or use of technologies resulting in the unauthorised use of protected audiovisual content.

Commenting on the launch of AAPA, Vice-President Christine Maury-Panis, General Counsel at Viaccess, said: “Piracy never goes away. As new technologies emerge and new ways of distributing audiovisual content become more popular, it is crucial that we have all the possible tools to work with collaboratively against the persistent threat of piracy, which causes enormous damage to jobs in the creative and other sectors. AAPA provides an efficient industry alliance which is able to support the fight against piracy of paid content delivered via the set top box, mobile phone, tablet, etc.”

Launching AAPA at the HbbTV Symposium in Paris, Sheila Cassells, AAPA Executive Director, added: “[For the last two years] AAPA members have been active in developing security for smart TVs, etc. and making OTT content available. We need to ensure that all stakeholders recognise the importance of implementing and maintaining content security robustly.”