The CEO The leader of the Serie A League commented on the ruling of the Lazio regional administrative court: “We must eliminate a plague that has caused and continues to cause more than 300 million euros of damage per year to Italian football.” Satisfaction also from Dazn, at the forefront of the “battle”
The fight against piracy had an important day today with the ruling in favor of Agcom by the TAR of Lazio. In fact, the Regional Administrative Court dismissed the appeal filed by Assoprovider against the new rules imposed by the Communications Authority to combat the illicit broadcast of football matches on pirate sites. After the green light to the anti-piracy law last summer and the postponements of recent weeks, the Piracy Shield platform can now really go into action. Good news for Lega Serie A and for those who have acquired the television rights to our football. “The ruling of the fourth section of the TAR of Lazio – stated the general director of the League, Luigi De Siervo – recognizes the authority and power of Agcom to deactivate the illegal signals in 30 minutes, but above all it demolishes the appeal of Assoprovider, finally giving the green light to put an end to piracy: it will now really be possible to combat the illegal broadcasting of Serie A matches. The court recognized that our donation of the “Piracy Shield” platform to Agcom is perfectly legitimate and that this will act to benefit of benefit to the entire system. Given that the sporting event lasts just over 90 minutes, jurisprudence has certified the need to act quickly to stop piracy. A plague that, I will not tire of emphasizing, has caused and continues to cause more than 300 million euros of damage per year to Italian football, to the clubs, to the television operators and to all workers in the sector. We have also frustrated the latest attempt by the “usual crooks” to block the platform from taking action. anti-piracy. We hope that, after months of waiting, the machine-to-machine system will finally go live in February, allowing pirate sites reported by rights holders to be quickly disrupted.”
Even the streaming platform that bought the rights to broadcast all Serie A matches until 2029 commented with satisfaction on the ruling: “We have reiterated several times – we read in the Dazn note – that the battle against piracy is a battle that everyone we win or “We lose together, because it is an increasingly widespread and dangerous criminal phenomenon, which harms the entire Italian national system. The ruling confirms that we are moving in this direction and that the condemnation of piracy is unanimous, as was the approval of the law against the illicit dissemination of content protected by copyright. They are strong, cohesive and unanimous signals that make us believe that the battle can and must be won. In this context, anyone who continues to delay the full functioning of the law and the platform would clearly be considered “together” with pirates and criminals. A round of applause, therefore, for the work of Agcom, the government and the police forces involved on the front line. And to all the sports fans who, unlike digital hooligans, choose to support their team by legally cheering every day.”
The president of Lega Serie B, Mauro Balata, was also satisfied: “In this way we have the guarantee of safe and fast times against the piracy that affects our matches, an economic scourge that affects not only football in its institutions and their clubs, but also thousands of workers working in the telecommunications sector. Now we must not let our guard down, also thanks to the imminent activation of the ‘Piracy Shield’ platform to intervene directly and quickly against illegal flows and sites of streaming”.