The Alianza Contra Pirateria de Television Paga (‘Alianza’) has recently announced the successful results of the second phase of ‘Operation 404’, the largest scale enforcement operation against content piracy that has ever been developed in Latin America. A total of 25 judicial search and seizure warrants across ten Brazilian states were served, and 252 websites and 65 streaming applications, that illegally broadcasted films, series, television programs, sports, and other copyrighted content, were either blocked or suspended. It is estimated that the network reached more than 26 million users.
The operation took place across Brazil on Thursday, November 5th, under the coordination of Brazil’s Secretariat of Integrated Operations (SEOPI) at Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJPS), with the objective of repressing crimes committed against intellectual property distributed illegally on the Internet. The warrants were carried out in Bahia, Ceara, Goias, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Parana, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo. The first phase of the program, developed in 2019, featured more than 300 takedowns, including 210 illegal websites and 100 illegal applications.
‘These efforts are a direct result of the close collaboration between Alianza and its members, agencies, and government officials in Brazil. Our investigations and intelligence can only get us so far, so it’s critical for local governments to continue placing more focus on the issue, evolve intellectual property laws, and take advantage of the resources we have’, mentioned Javier Figueras, President at Alianza. ‘We will continue in our efforts in forging relationships with other content players in the entertainment industry as well as government officials across Latin America, and we welcome them to join this alliance to address our common goals’, he added.