Saudi Arabian officials say they’ve carried out an “online inspection campaign” to crackdown on piracy in the Kingdom.
The move comes a week after a ruling by the WTO that Saudi Arabia had breached its obligations concerning IP.
A statement released through Government social media channels said: “SAIP [Saudi Authority For Intellectual Property] recently monitored, examined, and analysed 231 websites that violates Intellectual property law to prevent it from being browsed from the Kingdom.
“Those detected sites included a group of violations, which are downloading and watching movies and series, directly broadcasting sites of encrypted sports channels, downloading books in PDF format sites, downloading and listening to music sites and all been done without obtaining a prior license or authorization from the right holder.
“SAIP has also detected websites that are selling subscriptions for encrypted TV channels through softwares or illicit streaming devices (ISDs) to break barriers for the purpose of displaying materials in illegal ways.”
Saudi Arabia is widely accepted to be the base of broadcast pirate beoutQ.