Ministry of Economy authorises disruption of 10 illegal Pay TV IP addresses
Abu Dhabi: The UAE Ministry of Economy (MoE)
has stepped up its campaign against pay TV piracy
by authorising the disruption of internet websites
that allowed users to illegally view satellite TV channels
The phenomenal growth of internet usage throughout the
country has attracted several similar profiteering activities,
which the Ministry intends to fully control at the early stages.
The latest MoE anti-piracy initiative, which began
in the second week of June parallel to the Euro 2008
football championship, immediately led to the identification
and disruption of ten Korean-based internet addresses.
"We received information that illegal operators were
broadcasting Euro 2008 matches and other programmes
unsubscribed over the internet and promptly co-ordinated
with enforcement authorities to conduct a raid. We
were able to identify ten foreign internet links and
immediately ordered the disruption of connections to
these addresses," an official from the Ministry said.
"With regard to the illegal import of satellite TV decoders,
we would like to warn all parties involved in the illegal trade
and distribution of decoder boxes to view pay TV channels
without proper authorisation from providers that they will
face stringent enforcement of the copyright law.
Moreover, the public needs to be aware that use of decoder
boxes to view channels with content that is against
the religious, cultural and moral values of the country, will
also corrupt the minds of children. Our main goal is to create a
conducive environment for foreign investors and safeguard the i
ntegrity of local businesses through strict enforcement and
effective IPR regime, thus making UAE a model for IPR
protection in the Middle East," he added.
In coordination with the governmental authorities in
charge, Dubai Police has already orchestrated several
raids on dealers facilitating sale of decoder boxes
programmed to view pay TV channels and channels
containing immoral content. The accused involved were
charged with copyright violation involving heavy fines,
imprisonment and deportation.
Scott Butler, chief executive officer of Arabian
Anti-Piracy Alliance, said: "The stringent enforcement
of copyright law by the authorities and their effective
partnership with the Ministry of Interior, and customs
and enforcement authorities, has greatly contributed
towards successful raids and appropriate legal action
It is high time that traders and users of pirated and
illegally imported decoders are held responsible for the
consequences of their actions."
Ministry of Economy official
that's like plugging a dam using your finger, lol.
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