Milan, 4 October 2022 – The third day of the Champions League begins today with the strongest European teams facing each other to claim an important victory. Fans of Inter, Juventus, Milan and Napoli may decide to follow the matches through illegal streaming services, but is it really the choice of a football lover? Illegal IPTV subscriptions are not only risky for the user, but also risky for football itself: lower income means fewer jobs, more money for criminal organizations and lower quality.
In the past two years, through Operation The Net, Guardia di Finanza has identified and shut down illegal IPTV services used by more than 500,000 users. However, there is of course a very important change: a few weeks ago, news emerged of an operation by the Guardia di Finanza which identified up to 6,000 fans who had used illegal streaming services and they would have to pay a fine of 1,000 euros each. , as well as a criminal complaint.
But that’s not all: the risks associated with illegal broadcasting are much more: 90% of illegal streaming sites used for sports content hide harmful content for users, such as trojans to threaten bank accounts, illegal software to infiltrate sensitive data and extremism. or explicit popups.
In order to highlight the dangers of illegal broadcasting, Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT, the UK’s leading association for the protection of intellectual property, comments:
“The Champions League is one of the most watched sporting events in the world and on such occasions fans are tempted to watch matches through illegal broadcasting sites. However, these fans may not be aware of the risks and dangers associated with illegal broadcasting – not only the financial consequences but Also legal. Illegal streaming is managed by very complex and unscrupulous criminal organizations, which is why watching games with an official subscription is the only way to avoid putting your data at risk, but also to ensure quality and functionality.”
FACT is the UK’s leading association for the protection of intellectual property, trademarks and companies facing intellectual property crime. With nearly 40 years of experience, FACT is at the forefront of combating intellectual property crime in the UK and internationally and specializes in the protection of both physical and digital content. FACT is at the fore in the fight against digital piracy on behalf of rights holders and content creators. https://www.fact-uk.org.uk/
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