Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014: Digital piracy, ways of combatting it

A panel of leading experts in media meeting at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014 are set to discuss the growing phenomena of piracy

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A panel of leading experts in media are set to discuss the growing phenomena of piracy given the new digital medium at this year’s Abdu Dhabi Media Summit.

MBC Group CEO Sam Barnett, Riyadh K. Najm, the president and of the General Commission of the Audiovisual Media Saudi Arabia and Greg Sweeting, the chief legal officer of MZA - Abu Dhabi and twofour54, are panelists in the Sky News Arabia segment of the Summit titled “Combatting Content Piracy in the Digital Age.”

The session, moderated by Sky News Arabia news anchor Assad Sawey, discussed ways of tackling piracy, raising awareness about the growing phenomena and ways of enforcing change when so much content is accessible free of charge.

Participants noted the levels of digital piracy in the Middle East region, local attitudes toward the practice as well as the obstacles to winning the war against piracy.

Speakers noted lax implementation of existing regulation and the need for ever better technology to counter piracy as impeding efforts in the drive to end the practice.

The need for simple but effective methods to take away revenues from those benefiting from piracy was also highlighted.

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