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The Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) has commended the Singapore High Court for granting an Order to block 30 illegal streaming sites and almost 150 associated domains responsible for the distribution of considerable quantities of illegally streamed content in Singapore.
avia 6Aug2018
The order was obtained by CAP members, BBC Studios, Discovery Communications, LaLiga, the Premier League and TVB International against illegal streaming sites that were offering access to some of the most sought-after content including premium sports, drama and entertainment. In December 2021, a Barcelona court approved a new measure for immediate blocking of domains belonging to more than 40 IPTV platforms and pirated card-sharing operators showing LaLiga games.

Under the Order, Internet Service Providers must disable access to these illegal sites and their associated domains.

The Order covered the greatest number of sites and domains yet sought by CAP member, and the CAP also welcomed the ongoing ability and willingness of Courts in Singapore to take action against illegal streaming sites that recent studies have shown pose significant malware and security risks to consumers.

“Illegal streaming sites are simply illegal,” said CAP’s general manager, Matthew Cheetham. “Piracy is not a victimless crime and hurts not only content providers but also consumers who can be exposed to viruses and malware when accessing illegal sites, including malware that can access a user’s sensitive data such as banking details.

A recent study on the online content viewing behaviour in Singapore, commissioned by CAP and conducted by YouGov showed that blocking sites is effective with the percentage of Singaporean consumers accessing illegal streaming sites and using illicit streaming devices (ISDs) dropping in recent years. “Enforcement is key but so is consumer education,” added Cheetham. “This Order carries a dual purpose in not only blocking access to illegal content but also informing consumers that the sites are illegal.”

The Order comes shortly after the release of a new study commissioned by CAP, Time to Compromise. The study showed that a typical user visiting illegal streaming sites could be infected by ransomware, several trojan horses, and other Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) within 42 seconds on a Windows machine, and 78 seconds for an Android device.