Fox Sports announces anti-piracy summit

Fox Sports Latin America announced that it will organize its first international anti-piracy summit, focused on sports, to be held in Mexico on February 20 & 21.
The event will gather clubs, associations, sports federations, TV networks, pay TV operators and regulators to discuss practices to stop the theft of sports content, boost the industry and promote a safe market for consumers, said the company in a release.
Piracy generates annual losses of USD 6,500 million, according to a study conducted by Alianza contra la Piratería. This affects not only the intellectual property rights, but also the investments in telecommunications infrastructure and government income, since only in taxes they fail to collecting more than USD 1,000 million annually.
In this context, sport is one of the most pirated content, particularly soccer. The group said that during the 2017/2018 season of the most important soccer championships in Latin America, 10,800 videos in violation were identified, of which more than 40% were found on social media, and reached 1,250,000 illegal views (NetResults report).
In Boca Juniors vs. River Plate, more than half a million people tried to illegally watch the game through social media; 71% more than in the Superclásico, which that took place only 6 months before. This, not considering other pirated alternatives such as some types of illegal IPTV, APPs and websites.
“Sport is becoming the first source of piracy, especially through streaming. This is something that should concern us all: the sports leagues, the owners of rights, the media that we license and legally transmit those rights whose costs are very high. We must have the absolute support of Las Leagues and the owners of the rights to protect the content. Urge. “, Said Carlos Martínez, President of Fox Networks Group Latin America.