It seems that for years, TV programming in the islands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been illegally obtained from free-to-air regional sources. No action was taken about the issue until recently when some local providers in PNG weretaken to court for using broadcast signals from places such as Australia and New Zealand, and re-importing them into the Pacific islands. This development was reported at a recent AIBD conference in Beijing.
According to sources, FijiTV filed a case in PNG regarding the illegal redistribution of its broadcast signals. FijiTV held the exclusive rights for Channel Nine yet found other operators illicitly acquiring the same material for rebroadcast on their pay TV services. There is a case ongoing.
Channels such as ABC Australia and SBS Australia that should be legitimately broadcasting these regions are “stolen” by operators who do not have the distribution rights. It is alleged that up to 7 or 8 out of 15 channels provided by Pay TV operators in Vanuatu and Samoa are pirated. It is unclear if these rebroadcasts have official approvals or have been purchased.
Legitimate rights owners sometimes choose not to prosecute or take any action on the problem, even when the piracy is brought to their attention. The reasoning is because the damage caused is considered small, while the costs involved inpursuing the infringements themselves are high.
Mydrmspace is touted as the first online platform that enables anyone from general consumers to media specialists to embed rights information into their digital files for the purpose of copyright protection. According to its website, these digital watermarks are irremovable and inconspicuous when signed onto multimedia content such as music, audio book and video files. Registered users to Mydrmspace can also access an online community that allows users to upload and develop personalized watermark coders and decoders.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) applied for a waiver in the courts to adopt a new content protection solution. The USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has accepted the MPAA’s proposal on "Selectable OutputControl" (SOC). SOC will allow studios or content owners to remotely disable analog outputs on cable and satellite broadcasts of video-on-demand movies to home televisions.
The reasoning behind this scheme is that content owners will offer more high-definition (HD) titles for direct home viewing since their copyright protection is guaranteed. SOC will block consumers from utilizing an analog connection to pirate a copy for illegal redistribution over the Internet.
Content owners want SOC in place before they implement HD movies piped into the home, and possibly even for films that are still showing in theaters.
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