Capacity building to tackle audiovisual piracy

21 November 2019
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EU agencies and private sector sharing expertise

During a two-day seminar at Eurojust in The Hague, over 70 law enforcement officers and prosecutors from EU Member States and officers from Europol and Eurojust joined forces to improve the sharing of expertise and information to tackle audiovisual piracy.

The experts discussed how to identify a pirate service, the challenges faced in investigating piracy, the importance of knowledge sharing and the collaboration with private sector, as well as the link of audiovisual piracy to organised crime

In June 2019, police officers from the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior, under the supervision of the Bulgarian Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassation, with the collaboration of Europol and the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) carried out a joint action against five cable operators in Bulgaria. They were illegally intercepting and distributing premium TV channels (both foreign and Bulgarian), the entire illegal hardware infrastructure used for the criminal activity was seized during the house searches.