A major player in French language piracy in Morocco has been taken out of action.
The global coalition of audiovisual industry players fighting content piracy, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), has announced Monday that it had shut down the activities of the popular pirated content platform Electro TV Sat.
The move was described by Canal Plus as “a real turning point” in the fight against audiovisual piracy.
Electro TV Sat was targeting a mainly French-speaking audience of 90,000 visitors per month. They were offered illegal access to 6,000 channels and 200,000 films and series. Canal said the site was particularly damaging to its own offer.
Céline BOYER, Director of Content Protection for the CANAL+ Group, said: “The Canal+ Group has been fighting against audiovisual piracy for years and our presence within ACE is proof of our involvement in this fight. ACE’s successive successes in the Maghreb are evidence of a new dynamic in the global fight against piracy and will necessarily shake up the feeling of impunity of pirate IPTV resellers, which I can only welcome.”
“The theft of online content is the greatest threat to the global creative community. The closure of Electro TV Sat in North Africa is a strong demonstration of the impact that ACE’s global investigative and enforcement capabilities can have on reducing this threat,” added Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association. “We will continue to work tirelessly to protect the integrity of the legal film, television and streaming industry around the world and appreciate the continued collaboration with our partners at Canal+ Group.”
A number of illegal operators are based in Morocco.