PIRACY KILLS FOOTBALL

Audiovisual piracy is a criminal act and is an increasing sore in recent years, all over the world and in particular in Italy. Considering that the main form of piracy is digital, which takes place in various ways on the web, and by calculating only the usual internet users, the incidence of piracy among adults in our country exceeds 60%.
Lega Serie A have decided to combat the piracy in different ways: speeding up of IPTV blocking times by ISPs and Hosting; the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the issue directly to fans and citizens; a request to the authorities to provide for stricter penalties to those who cause damage not only to our industry, but to the entire Italian economy.
Lega Serie A are also working together with the rights holders of various football competitions to combat beoutQ’s piracy, a pirate pay television broadcaster.
In matchweeks 1 & 2 of the 2019/2020 Serie A TIM banners will be displayed on the pitch in support of the anti-piracy campaign with the hashtag #stopiracy in all the stadiums.


Gaetano Miccichè
Lega Serie A President

"Lega Serie A are at the forefront to combat piracy, we must defend football against this criminal attack and make it clear to those who use illegal decoders that they are committing a crime. The problem is global and it hurts football on a general level, We are strengthening the tools to identify and combat piracy in real time but it’s fundamental to create a system all together with the help of the Government and the Telcos."

Luigi De Siervo
Lega Serie A CEO

"Piracy is one of the biggest problem in Italian football and we are almost at the breaking point of the entertainment industry, including football. Piracy is implemented by people who don’t realize how serious what they are doing. In Italy, the estimated damage is over one billion euros a year, with 6,000 jobs being threatened. We are also working with FIFA, UEFA and the main leagues to combat the beoutQ piracy and all pirate IPTV. I’m optimistic that, with everyone's help, we will be able to reduce piracy by saving our football."


ONLINE PIRACY IN ITALY IN 2018

578 million online piracy acts;
38% of viewers over 15 years old have practiced at least one act of piracy;
22 million piracy acts concern live sporting events (+52% compared to the previous year);
4,7 million of viewers admitted to have watched illegally sports events;
More than 60% of pirated live sporting events involve football, with a consequent loss of over 5 million uses (+90% compared to the previous year);
5 million people have used IPTV to illegally access audiovisual content such as movies, TV series, sports and entertainment programs;
1,080 million loss of turnover from all Italian economic sectors due to piracy;
455 million estimated damage to the Italian economy in terms of GDP;
203 million the estimated loss of tax revenue;
at least 5,900 jobs being threatened;
83% of adult pirates are aware of the fact that piracy is a crime;
51% of adult pirates believe that it is unlikely to be discovered and even less sanctioned;
75% of adult pirates are convinced that piracy is not a serious behaviour and doesn’t cause
beoutQ is a pirate pay television broadcaster that broadcast via satellite and streaming over the internet premium sports and entertainment content worth billions of dollars.


(The survey was conducted by FAPAV/Ipsos on July 2019)