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Stream-rippers threaten progress of copyright, says IPO

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Illegal streaming devices and ‘stream-rippers’ threaten copyright progress, warns the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

The IPO’s Online Copyright Infringement (OCI) tracker has revealed that 25 percent of UK internet users – around seven million people – either stream or download copyright infringing material.

Although subscriber numbers for legitimate streaming services are on the rise, illicitly adapted set top boxes, which allow users to illegally stream premium TV content such as blockbuster movies, threaten to undermine progress.

The OCI tracker has found that 13 percent of online infringers have used an illicit streaming box in the past.

Also, stream-ripping, by which internet users remove and store content away from its original advertising-revenue generating platform, is on the rise.

In a new report, commissioned by the IPO and PRS for Music and published today (Friday), both organisations have revealed the prevalence of stream-ripping among UK consumers. Learn more here.

In response, the IPO is working closely with industry to help tackle the issue of illegal TV streaming devices and a number of popular illicit software extensions allowing access to infringing content have vanished in recent weeks.

In an effort to understand whether further action might be necessary, the IPO has published a call for views, with a government response expected later this summer.

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