The Federation Against Copyright Theft, in conjunction with the police and Intellectual Property Office, has released a new report on the state of Internet piracy in the UK. Estimates suggest that at least a million set-top devices providing access to pirated material have been sold over the past two years, with 25% of the public consuming illicit content overall.
Aside from distributing content or having a successful website, most pirates want to stay a step ahead of authorities and companies dedicated to their demise. In a new report detailing the role social media plays in spreading unlicensed content, anti-piracy outfit FACT reveals the key things pirates do to hinder their investigations.
Exactly three months ago, UK tabloid The Sun announced that eBay had ”banned TV boxes that allow Brits to stream sports and films for free.” But today, eBay still seems to be the platform of choice for box sellers, despite rightsholders having full access to takedown programs.
This week the world looked on in horror as a huge London tower block burned with residents still inside. Just a day later, a headline in UK tabloid The Sun declared ”Kodi Boxes” a fire hazard and a risk to public safety. Was that awful timing? Cautionary advice? Or flat-out anti-piracy opportunism?
The Federation Against Copyright Theft, one of the UK’s most prominent anti-piracy groups, is looking to expand its team by recruiting a new Internet Investigator. The job listing provides an interesting insight into what qualities the group is looking for but doesn’t mention a salary. It better be good though, as the list of requirements is lengthy.