Two European internet service providers want more authority to fight illegal IPTV providers.
ISPs Proximus and Belgian Orange have taken a firm stance against piracy services and want to take a more active role in keeping illegal content from their respective customers, according to Torrent Freak, but legal obstacles are hampering the process.
Both providers are waiting on the enactment of a law that would authorize them to immediately block pirated content and take down distributors.
“We are just waiting for the legal framework to be able to cut the streams. We don’t have the right to do that today. But we have the capacity,” Proximus CEO Guillaume Boutin told Torrent Freak. “The cycle between when the link is spotted and when we receive permission to cut it takes too long. Afterwards it abounds in all directions. More links are coming. This procedure is of no use today.”
The struggle faced by Proximus and Belgian Orange underscores the seemingly endless battle authorities are fighting around the world to squash illegal IPTV services and pirated content. The rapid pace of technological evolution and legal red tape makes the problem almost impossible to stop.
In an interview with La Libre (a paywalled publication), Belgian Orange CEO Xavier Pichon said illegal IPTV seriously threatens the entire economic model of publishers, copyrights and media.
“We have the technological means to massively block these streams, and the content publishers who lose money are just asking for that, but for the moment, it is blocked because of administrative and judicial consistency. But that will change,” CEO Xavier Pichon said in an interview with La Libre (a paywalled publication). “[I]llegal service providers do not contribute to copyright and threaten the entire economic model of the media.”