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UK Intellectual Property Office raises concerns of illegal streaming of content

Written by Thomas Mould on 27 February 2017

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UKIPO asks questions about illegal IPTV streaming devices

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has asked whether there is any need for legislative changes to deal with internet protocol television (IPTV) streaming devices.

On Thursday, the UK Intellectual Property Office (‘IPO’) called for views on whether there is any need for legislative changes to deal with the sale of illicit IPTV streaming devices.

The IPO said that “illegal content appears to have increased in recent months” and while there is a current range of legislation that applies to the sale and use of the devices, “broadcasters and content owners have expressed concerns”.

According to the IPO, broadcasters and content owners believe that the legal framework does not provide the right tools to tackle the growing threat.

As a result of these concerns, the government is “keen to understand” where further action might be taken to address the problem.

The IPO is seeking views from those with knowledge and experience in dealing with IPTV boxes.

 

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