Video streaming piracy —or any copyright piracy— demands a very extensive debate. Cisco argues that the legal battle against those pirates increased during the past year, and that, this year, the legal battle will continue to be fierce. After pointing to the many cases opened in the past year, the blog post ends with this conclusion: “How much of a dent legal action can make in reducing the losses to streaming piracy is yet to be seen.” Legal actions could prove to be debatable and somehow useful, but the barrier of entry on the pirate ecosystem seems to be low and demand for pirate content high, creating the perfect conditions for it to exist and get stronger rather than weaker. The law as we know it does not move as fast as pirates and technology and, thus, the legal battle will always be a delayed help. This is why the industry needs to figure out the incentives behind users’ demand for pirate services. Is it just price?
Regardless of the ongoing debate on the efficacy of legal action against illegal streaming, there seems to be more legal action initiated, with pretty significant judgments, across more territories and jurisdictions. Two reports on action against illegal streaming caught my eye last month. The first was the conviction and four-year prison sentence for Terry O’Reilly in … Keep reading the original blog post here
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