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Internet piracy concerns switch to streaming sites

Internet piracy concerns switch to streaming sites

The recent debate between UK ISP's, the creative industry and government has predominantly focused on illegal File Sharing (Peer-2-Peer) abuse. However, while this may be the most prevalent form of accessing pirated music and movies, it is not the only way.

SkyNews has this morning highlighted how a new breed of high-speed websites make watching a pirated movie as easy as opening an email, streaming the film directly to your computer via YouTube style technology:

Industry figures show last year almost 47 million streams were watched online. It meant digital piracy went up 20% costing the industry over £150m. "It's a big problem," says Eddy Leviten from the Federation Against Copyright Theft, the copyright police for the film industry in the UK.

"We've certainly noticed a big upsurge in streaming sites in the last two years. We've increased our internet enforcement capabilities by a huge amount to deal with this kind of activity. But of course as quickly as we close some sites down, more spring up."


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