CASBAA is a firm supporter of intellectual property rights, and for good reason – the pay-TV industry in Asia loses more than a billion US dollars annually to unauthorized connections of various types to our member companies’ networks.

CASBAA monitors developments in the region and maintains a twin dialogue with governments and with industry. We believe that anti-piracy efforts depend crucially on three elements:

  • Technology – to provide strong safeguards against unauthorized access.
  • Law – to provide updated, meaningful penalties to deter infringement of copyright and of broadcasting control laws.
  • Enforcement – to ensure that laws are carried out and that a vicious circle of piracy does not undermine the industry’s contribution to Asian development.

This report produced by FACT, the UK’s leading intellectual property protection organisation, provides an overview of digital piracy, and how it is carried out in the UK and around the rest of the world. Read more here.

A report written by the Asia Digital Alliance about the piracy/malware nexus, particularly as it relates to the Asia Pacific Region. Read more here.

31 October, 2017ISD Briefing

Produced by CASBAA, the Motion Picture Association of America and Sky, this report gives a general overview of Illicit Streaming Devices. Read more here.

The following report was produced by the Vietnam Content Alliance and advertising assurance agency, Veri-Site. The report identifies the 50 most popular piracy websites in Vietnam, and analyses ad delivery entity support and advertiser composition on these sites. This is the second version of the report.

CASBAA’s submission to this year’s intellectual property review by the U.S. Trade Representative documents an ongoing decline in IP protection in many Asian markets – due directly to mushrooming piracy as broadband networks are built out. Among other issues, the submission comments on: The Chinese IT industry’s supportive role in global TV piracy Hong Kong’s decline from being an IP…

The US Trade Representative published its annual report on notorious piracy markets, and the report continues a shift toward greater emphasis on online piracy websites. The 2014 list reflects nominations of sites that engage in copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting as well as registrars that facilitate the distribution of pirated and counterfeit products, including medicines. In earlier years, the report focused entirely on physical markets, but now, USTR noted, "The Internet has brought about a global revolution in the authorized and unauthorized distribution of films, music, software, video games, and books. In many markets, unauthorized online distribution of, or access to, copyright-protected content largely has replaced unauthorized distribution via physical media." So the report focuses on both virtual and physical marketplaces. Interestingly, USTR observed that this year it "received fewer nominations for physical markets than in the past." Asia comes in for discussion in several places. Physical markets in Thailand, India and Indonesia are listed, along with websites in China and Vietnam. The biggest attention is focused, not surprisingly, on China: "several of the nominations identified China as the primary source of counterfeit products. Worldwide, from the Americas, to Africa, to Eastern Europe, and in Southeast Asia, Chinese-origin counterfeit goods...

Responding to a consultation paper from the Singapore Ministry of Law, CASBAA "warmly welcomed" proposals to empower courts to issue injunctions that would prohibit Singaporeans from accessing the most egregious pirate websites. The steps are badly needed, CASBAA said, as "the rapid growth of flagrantly infringing websites in recent years has eroded the business of the pay-TV industry." Legitimate content providers trying to serve the Singapore market – online and offline – are "impeded by competition from unregulated, untaxed offshore pirate websites that pay nothing to creators, artists, writers, musicians, and all the people who make the industry function." The Association hoped for early enactment and bringing into operation of the new judicial enforcement mechanism. Read the CASBAA submission here

We Support Singapore's Creative Community Wednesday, 02 April 2014 The growth of online content theft in Singapore is a topic of growing concern and numbers show that Singapore, on a per capita basis, has an exceedingly high degree of online infringement relative to other countries not only in Asia but around the world. Singapore's advanced communications environment providing high-speed internet, attractive ISP packages with unlimited downloads and high smartphone penetration create an infrastructure that facilitates illegal downloading but there are also indications that suggest an increased degree of consumer acceptance of online piracy as a way of accessing content in Singapore. A recent study by international market researchers Sycamore Research found that 7 out of 10 Singaporean youths admitted to being active pirates, 66% of active pirates agreed that piracy was stealing, and they did it anyway to avoid paying for content. This situation threatens the continued success of the vibrant media and entertainment industry supporting tens of thousands of high wage jobs in Singapore. Get informed. Find more information about the problem in the Sycamore study: Sycamore media release here Sycamore Study here See the views of Singapore artists and musicians: "Better Internet" Video here Consultation Paper issued by The Ministry of Law in Signapore Download here Read online here Check...

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