Pirate IPTV Killer Goes Live, No Casualties to Report….Yet * TorrentFreak

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A new law passed in Italy over the summer promised a new dawn in the war against pirate IPTV providers. It soon emerged that Piracy Shield, the hugely hyped new anti-piracy system primed and prepared to eliminate piracy, had a minor flaw; I actually wasn't ready. By law, it had to be released yesterday and it reportedly did just that, albeit with a couple of small caveats...

When Italian lawmakers finally passed a new law in the summer designed to crack down on pirate IPTV providers once and for all, powerful Serie A football clubs, broadcasters and influential business partners breathed a collective sigh of relief. .

The tools needed to prevent the imminent destruction of Italian football were finally enshrined in law after a massive lobby and media campaign.

Four years earlier, a 'similar'Piracy kills football' A campaign was launched with dire warnings that the destruction of Italian football was imminent at the time. However, against all odds, football managed to survive before facing another crisis.

That's one of the interesting things about anti-piracy campaigns and subsequent lobbying; Fortunes can change suddenly in unexpected ways, despite what has been previously stated.


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For example, when Italian football faced imminent demise between 2019 and 2021, authorities announced unprecedented success after raids allegedly "turned off" an estimated number of players. 80 percent of illegal IPTV flow to Italy. Just six months later, in early 2022, authorities allegedly “dismantled” an IPTV operation. serving 500,000 subscribers and then he continued closing another with 900,000 subscribers a few months later.

Parallel to these enormous successes, the consumption of pirated IPTV services in Italy apparently increased. year-in-year according to studies commissioned by rights holders. Italian football was once again facing the worst scenario if piracy could not be controlled.

Only massive IPTV blocking can save football

When rights holders want new powers that most governments do not give themselves, Armageddon can suddenly become more imminent than ever and have implications for entire countries. On the positive side, there are usually solutions available to end the nightmare, if only the law would allow their use.

A long process to convince everyone who mattered that technologically advanced Internet blocking, carried out on an unprecedented scale, must be authorized by law came to an end this summer. New legislation was signedand approved quickly by telecommunications regulator AGCOM.

All rights holders had to do was deploy their anti-piracy system to prove that it could do everything people said it could do and prepare to take down the pirates.

For reasons that remain unclear, the entire system was nowhere near ready. It was still not ready at the start of the new football season on August 8 even though monitoring capability had been implemented. fully operational during years.

In late August, a source acknowledged the delay and later added that the system was “crazy” and “would solve digital piracy” when it launches in September or October. A technical roundtable was held in early September, but there was no release in September or October.

Now nicknamed 'Piracy shield' the system had to be launched no later than yesterday, December 7, 2023.

There are definitely no laws being broken, the Anti-Piracy Shield is already active

As reported by DDAY.it, telecommunications regulator AGCOM informed Italy's ISPs that Piracy Shield would go live on December 7, as required by law. And so it was, although with a couple of small caveats.

“According to our information, Agcom has sent a notification to all suppliers that the platform is finally online and at the same time has been activated on its website. via SPIDthe authentication procedure for users who must use the platform,” reports DDAY.it.

"However, active does not mean fully operational and automated, because the feeling is that ISPs may still need some time to integrate mechanisms that avoid human intervention."

Only in the last few days have the Piracy Shield operating manuals been sent to those authorized to file copyright claims and those in charge of enforcing the blocks, the Italian ISPs.

“For security reasons, it will probably still take a few weeks for vendors to carry out all implementations at a technical level, although the schedule obviously changes from one vendor to another: the larger ones are certainly better equipped and could be ready at short notice. . very little time”, concludes DDAY.it.

Just in time for the big game tonight

Tonight's big match between Juventus and Napoli, a classic north-south rivalry in Serie A, is what this beautiful game is all about. Every Serie A game is important, but matches like this raise the heart rate and as passions rise, Serie A needs fans to be legal and support the sport, despite the cheaper but illegal offers that are already on the table.

Before Piracy Shield existed as a market-ready product, grand claims about what this type of system could achieve were a regular part of the debate. There is no doubt that those charged with ensuring your competence in a real-world environment have relevant experience and will do everything reasonably possible. Unfortunately, some lofty claims made over the past 12 months have set an unreasonably high bar that, in practical terms, will be difficult to achieve.

That lists of IP addresses relevant to tonight's game could end up circulating via text files and then manually blocked by ISPs is a far cry from the glowing promises made over the past year. But we are still in the early days and the fight against IPTV piracy is a marathon race, not a sprint.

That said, the next few months will be crucial. Piracy Shield simply has to deliver, but how that will be measured is far from clear. Reporting how many streams it blocks seems like a likely candidate, but the real test is in TV subscriber numbers, which are directly related to fans' willingness to pay, not necessarily the availability of pirated streams.

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