JAIL SENTENCE FOR LONDON PIRATE STREAMER

A man from London who made £247,552 by illegally streaming sports and movie channels, as well as other premium television content, has been sentenced.

Riki Adal, 43, of Allerton Road, Hackney, promoted streams branded as Mighty Plex, Mighty TV and Mighty Flex on Facebook and Telegram between 2017 and 2022.

Adal pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court on November 2nd 2023 to the acquisition of criminal property and distributing articles infringing copyright following an investigation by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) at City of London Police.

He was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on February 6th 2024 to 20 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, and must also complete a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Detective Constable Jason Theobald, from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) at City of London Police, said:  “Illegal streaming costs the entertainment industry millions every year, putting legitimate jobs at risk and reducing funds to support new content. It can fund other forms of criminality, as well as expose end users to the risks of malware and identity theft. During his police interview, Adal gave a full and frank admission that he had run a panel providing illegal streams to customers for almost four years. Our investigation found that he had received a significant number of payments related to IPTV. Enabling access to premium content without a subscription is illegal and, unfortunately for Adal, he will now rightly have to face the consequence of having a criminal record.”

The case was referred to PIPCU in June 2022 by Sky. It was found that a PayPal account owned by Adal received a total of £247,552 in payments related to IPTV between December 27th 2017 and October 22nd 2022.

Officers from PIPCU arrested Adal and carried out a search warrant at his home address on February 24th 2023. They seized his mobile phone and a laptop, which Adal confirmed that he used to access the panel for his stream, and shut down the service.

Adal admitted during his police interview that he had been running a panel that provided illegal streams since 2017 and that he operated Mighty Plex, Mighty TV and Mighty Flex.

Source: advanced-television.com

RESEARCH ON THE PERCEPTION OF CYBERCRIME AMONG PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

The research “Perception of cybercrime among pupils at the second level of primary schools” was carried out within the framework of the project “Regions for a Safe Internet”. It was initially conducted in 2018 and has now been repeated five years later to compare the results. The status at the end of 2023 showed that pupils still have insufficient awareness of what they can or cannot do online, or what behaviour is considered cybercrime.

With the increasing use of information technology among children, the issue of their cyber security is becoming more and more urgent. Almost all second grade primary school students have a social networking account and move in cyberspace on a daily basis. The research on the Perception of Cybercrime among Secondary School Pupils, conducted as part of the Countries for a Safe Internet project at the end of 2023, showed that pupils still have insufficient awareness of what they can or cannot do on the Internet, or what behaviour is considered cybercrime.

More in complete research press release.

Source: prevencekriminality.cz

THE CZECH CULTURAL SECTOR REACT TO THE ADOPTION BY THE EU COUNCIL OF THE TEXT OF THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ACT

The cultural associations representing a wide range of content creators from the news media, television industry, film producers and music publishers (SPIR, Czech Publishers Union, AKTV, AOV, ČNS IFPI, APA) welcome the Czech Republic’s decision to support the text of the AI Act agreed in the difficult trialogue in December. Although the text is not ideal from our point of view, it improves to some extent the position of authors and their ability to control how their works are used by generative AI.

The Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act), introduced by the Commission in 2021, is the first major EU legislation on AI. The Czech Republic contributed to its final form during its Presidency of the Council of the EU. The ambition of the AI Act is to inspire regulation beyond the borders of the Union. The negotiation of the legislation has been significantly influenced in the last phase by the massive development of generative artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT, which, in addition to a number of positives, also brings some negatives.

EASTERN SLOVAKIA POLICE PROSECUTE FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Police in Svidník, Slovakia, is prosecuting a copyright infringement case in which an illegal uploader posted thousands of films on the web.

“Between November 2021 and September 2022, the perpetrator posted a total of 3,126 files on a publicly accessible server via the internet network. These were audiovisual works and film titles containing copyrighted content,” Jana Ligdayová, spokesperson for the Prešov regional police, described the act. Since the perpetrator did not have the consent of the authorised persons, he violated copyright by this act, allowing the reproduction and further distribution of the files.

The damage caused to the author has not yet been quantified. According to the spokesperson, the law provides for a prison sentence of six months to eight years for the perpetrator of this offence.

Source: presov.korzar.sme.sk

DANIEL GRUNT: THE DEMAND FOR ADVERTISING ON NOVA DID NOT DECREASE AFTER THE PRICE INCREASE, QUITE THE OPPOSITE

Advertising in linear broadcasting will continue to account for more than half of the Nova Group’s revenue in 2030, says TV Nova CEO Daniel Grunt in an interview published in the current issue of MAM 06/2024.

He is in his first year at the helm of the Nova Group, which is now celebrating 30 years of broadcasting. This is the first time he has been responsible not only for the digital part of the medium, but for the strategy of the entire media house. And setting it with an eye to 2030 has been Daniel Grunt’s most important job in the past year. “The way video is consumed is changing fundamentally and it was necessary to set a path for how to maintain continuous growth and how to balance the traditional linear business with the digital one. That is, how to set up brand positioning, content and distribution strategies, and monetisation to cannibalise these two main revenue streams as little as possible and instead achieve the greatest reach across the population,” he described.

Nova’s projections for 2030 made some interesting predictions. Advertising revenues from linear broadcasting, which today account for about 75 per cent of the group’s total revenues, are expected to account for more than half of the total in six years’ time. And total viewership in the 15-54 target group, which fell six percent last year, will decline two to four percent a year through 2030. “So inventory will steadily decline. But what’s important: even when we went beyond the edge of reality in negative projections, TV still held the lead in fast maximum reach,” Daniel Grunt revealed.

Read about how advertisers are reacting to this year’s increase in the price of TV advertising space, whether the SVOD platform Voyo is already earning its keep and why Daniel Grunt thinks the CZK 25 increase in the fee for Czech TV is unreasonably high here.

Source: mam.cz

“THE ACT OF AI”. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS, EU STATES AGREE

After two years of negotiations, the European Union agreed on a regulatory framework for artificial intelligence. Member states are taking this step in response to the popularity of tools such as ChatGPT, which carry risks as well as benefits.

On Friday EU member states finally agreed and approved new laws governing the safety and use of artificial intelligence (AI). The European Commission warned of the need to regulate AI as early as April 2021, Deutsche Welle reports. And after Open AI launched its ChatGPT chatbot, the pressure to create a package of laws intensified.

Within the Union, the topic has been intensively debated for the last two years. EU countries approved draft legislation back in December. The approval of the rules by the 27 EU member states was then considered a formality, but countries such as France and Germany have expressed some concerns about the new regulations. As a result, negotiations on the final version of the laws dragged on.

The European Union aims to set global standards for the use of artificial intelligence in industries ranging from banking to manufacturing to medicine and travel. The rules also address military uses of AI and define safety parameters.

Source: seznamzpravy.cz

A BRAVE E-MAIL TO THE DIRECTOR WAS MY ENTRY TO TV WORLD, RECALLS THE HEAD OF THE NOVA PROGRAMME SILVIA MAJESKÁ

When TV Nova started broadcasting, its current programme director, Silvia Majeská, was only nine years old. In Slovakia, she had to wait two more years for the arrival of commercial television, but she already remembers the start of Markíza.

At that time, she had no idea that in a few years she would write an e-mail from her studies in the USA to the CEO of Markíza and that after a personal meeting he would hire her as an acquisition specialist in the programme department. Today, she manages programming not only at Markíza, but also at Nova and deals with content for the Voyo streaming service. We talked to Silvia Majeska about how 30 years of broadcasting at Nova TV has influenced her.

Whole interview on televizniweb.cz

Source: televizniweb.cz

JANUARY VIEWERSHIP : ČESKÁ TELEVIZE GOT THE HIGHEST SHARE

The first month of the new year brought the highest share of viewership to Czech Television stations.

Czech Television stations achieved the highest share of all domestic TV groups in January 2024. Their cumulative share in the 15+ audience group was 31.20%. CT stations also had the highest share in prime time 15+. In both cases, their share decreased compared to January 2023.

The Prima group recorded the second best result in the 15+ audience group in all-day broadcasting and improved by 0.7 percentage points year-on-year.

The Nova group was again the strongest in the 15-54 and 18-69 audience categories in both all-day and prime time.

The two strongest commercial groups both improved year-on-year in prime time in the 15+ group in January. In the case of the Nova group, prime-time share also increased year-on-year in the 15-54 and 18-69 audience groups.

Last year’s growth was followed up in the first month of the year by Atmedia and also by Television Seznam, while the share of the Barrandov group decreased.

Source: MediaGuru.cz

Source: mediaguru.cz

8 YEAR PIRACY INVESTIGATION LEADS TO SUSPENDED SENTENCE

A man from Manchester has received a 22-month suspended sentence after an eight-year investigation into the advertising and sale of unauthorised TV decoders.

The investigation by Greater Manchester Police and anti-piracy coalition FACT began in October 2015 after intelligence suggested the sattvuk.co.uk website and an associated Facebook page were offering illegal IPTV services.

42 year-old Jordan Longbottom provided customers with equipment and technical resources to receive premium TV content normally received from Sky and Virgin. A cease-and-desist notice was initially issued in January 2016 and a second notice the following month. However Longbottom continued his activities.

In January 2017, police officers from the Economic Crime Unit at Greater Manchester Police executed a warrant and seized several items, including set-top Boxes and digital devices yjay later led to Longbottom’s arrest.

“This case has been investigated since 2017 and it goes to show that our officers and staff will not stop until justice has been served and those responsible have been brought to justice. Our economic crime unit, alongside partner agencies such as FACT will actively pursue and robustly investigate anyone who thinks it is acceptable to break the law and commit crime in our communities,” said Keith Graham of GMP’s Economic Crime Unit and former GMP detective in the unit Paul Bayliss in a joint statement.

Added Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT: “This ruling underscores our steadfast commitment to upholding the rule of law, protecting intellectual property rights, and preserving a fair and balanced marketplace for all stakeholders. It sends a clear message about the serious consequences of such illicit activities and serves as a deterrent for potential infringers.”

Longbottom pleaded guilty to charges of advertising and selling unauthorised decoders.

Source: broadbandtvnews.com