On World IP Day, pay-TV network announces new fight against piracy

OSN says it has carried over 316 raids across the Middle East with the support of the concerned authorities

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Coinciding with the World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) being marked today (April 26, 2016), Middle East and North Africa’s pay-TV network, OSN, has announced a renewed plan to fight against television piracy across the region. The network said it has carried out 316 raids with the support of government authorities to fight the menace.

OSN’s plan includes swooping down on illegal Dish TV services as well as unauthorized distribution of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) services. OSN spearheads an Anti-Piracy Coalition with leading satellite service providers.

The network has joined hands with authorities in all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as well as in Egypt and Jordan to conduct the anti-piracy raids. These raids, the network says, have led to a significant drop in the illegal distribution of pirated TV services.

According to a statement released by the company, OSN also managed to get a court conviction against an illegal provider in Dubai.

“As we celebrate digital creativity across the world, we should also think about how to find the right balance - one which recognizes the importance of creators and innovators to all the progress that we see, culturally and technologically, as a consequence of digital technology, while at the same time ensuring the social benefit of widespread access to their works,” Francis Gurry, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, said in the statement.

“The World IP Day underlines the importance of intellectual property rights which are to be upheld to sustain the growth of the creative industry and the entertainment sector,” said David Butorac, CEO of OSN.

According to him, through their efforts to curb TV piracy, they have been taking the lead in protecting IP rights with the cooperation of the governmental authorities He also said that the network is using state-of-the-art technology to monitor all forms of TV piracy.

The statement said OSN has also stepped up anti-piracy raids in Egypt, carrying out successful raids against illegal TV operators in Cairo and Alexandria.

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