The report recognises that while the internet has provided new opportunities for television broadcasters, it also poses new challenges. The interactivity afforded by the internet has facilitated the rise in the unauthorised delivery of internet protocol television (IPTV).
The EUIPO report on illegal IPTV in the EU estimates that the unlawful revenue generated by this activity in 2018 was EUR941.7 million and that these services were used by 13.7 million people in the EU (3.6% of the EU-28 population).
EUIPO says that copyright-infringing business models exploit evolving technology and emerging business opportunities, and this report provides an insight into the technical aspects, complex supply chains and legal issues involved, as well as covering related case law. The report casts light on the dark side of an everyday activity that is being exploited by organised crime. To read the EUIPO’s press release in full and for a link to the report, click here.