MENA anti-piracy coalition continues fight against content theft

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 29 April 2015

A formal policy has been adopted by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition in its latest move to combat the illegal broadcast of premium content.

TV Piracy Coalition Meeting 1The coalition, which spans broadcasters, content owners, satellite providers/distributors and legal bodies, agreed on ways to identify and tackle content theft and copyright infringements at its latest meeting in Dubai.

There are currently over 60 channels pirating content across all genres, including prominent Arabic movies and series, said the MENA Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition in a statement. This equates to losses of millions of dollars each year and threatens the future health and growth of the entire sector.

"In the last four months alone another 22 channels, which steal Arabic content on a daily basis, have emerged. It is a constant battle but we continue to progress and have already successfully taken down several channels via police raids," said Hanya Atallah, copyright management manager, Arab Media Corporation.

Coalition members at attendance in Dubai included representatives of Arabsat, ART, DU, Eagle Films, Egyptian Media Production City, Eutelsat, Fox, Gulfsat, IAA, JMC, MBC, MediaGates, MPA, Nilesat, Noorsat, OSN, Paramount, Rotana, Sony, Universal, US Department of Commerce, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers and WWE.

The Anti-Piracy Coalition also plans to launch a website to publish its governing policies, infringement history and active infringing channels.

It will meet again in Cairo next month.