European Union urged to end live piracy to protect sport and culture

More than 100 companies, leagues, federations and other organizations have signed a call for action to encourage the European Union to take action to deal adequately with the the issue of live piracy in order to protect creativity, sport and culture.

The following statement has been sent to the EU.

“We, the undersigned, call on the European Union to tackle the problem of piracy and in particular the piracy of live content. Piracy has and continues to drain Europe’s creative and cultural ecosystems, sports and entertainment sectors alive, depriving workers and industries of billions in annual revenue and undermining the sustainability of an essential part of our social and economic fabric.

“We call on the European Commission to provide a legislative instrument to tackle the piracy of live content as a firm commitment from the European executive branch to address this problem with adequate measures. In particular, ensuring that notified illegal content is removed immediately and blocked before the end of the live event.

“In doing so, we recall that these measures build on the existing body of European and national legislation to provide effective tools to combat and disable piracy networks. Networks incorporating a number of criminal operators who use hacking as a means of laundering earnings from illegal activities.

“It is Europe’s duty to protect and promote its creative and cultural workforce and its leading industrial base in the world, as well as to protect consumers from the risks associated with piracy.

“Any non-legislative instrument would be inadequate and insufficient to deal with the magnitude of the problem. Only a European-wide regulation could provide an appropriate response.

“We encourage the European Commission to act firmly and quickly to propose such an instrument.”

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The complete list of the 108 signatories:

1. A+E Networks EMEA


3. International AMC networks

4. Association Clubes Baloncesto

5. Asociaţia Română de Comunicaţii Audiovizuale

6. Association of Bulgarian Broadcasters

7. Association of commercial television and video-on-demand services in Europe

8. Association of Danish Opera Ensembles, Orchestras and Institutions

9. Association of Music Festivals

10. Association of Professional Theaters of the Czech Republic

11. Professional association of TV and radio advertising agencies

12. Sygnał Association

13. ATP Media

14. Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance

15. Australian Football League

16. beIN Sports

17. UK Horse Racing Authority

18.BT Sports

19. Bulgarian Association of Culture Employers

20. Canal+ Group

21. Central European media companies

22. Confindustria Radio Televisioni

23. Australia Cricket

24. Deutsche Fussball Liga

25. Deutscher Fussbal Bund

26. Discovery+

27. Ekstraklasa

28. England and Wales Cricket Board

29. England Rugby

30. English Football League

31. Euroleague basketball

32. European Arena Association

33. European Professional Club Rugby

34. European Tour


36. Equestrian Federation

37. French Rugby Federation

38. French Tennis Federation

39. Federazione per la Tutela delle Industrie dei Contenti Audiovisivi e Multimediali


41. Football DataCo

42. Global Cycling Network

43. Guinness Six Nations

44. Indian Premier League

45. International Cricket Council

46. ​​International Netball Federation

47. International Paralympic Committee

48. International Tennis Federation

49. KIGEiT – Krajowa Izba Gospodarcza Elektroniki i Telekomunikacji

50. European Ladies Tour

51. La Liga

52. Professional Football League

53. London Marathon

54. Mediapro

55. Mediaset Spain

56. Mediaset SpA

57. EMEA Film Association


59. News Media Europe

60. Nova Broadcasting Group

61. New Greece (Wind)

62. Nova TV Croatia

63. NRL

64. Primordial

65. Pearle* Live Performance Europe

66. PGA Tour

67.Premier League

68. Premiership Rugby

69. Roland Garros Paris

70. Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

71.Rugby AU

72. Rugby League

73. Rugby World Cup

74. Ryder Cup

75. Scottish Professional Football League

76. Scottish Rugby

77. Series A

78. Sky plc

79. Speedway Great Britain

80. Global Alliance for Sport Integrity

81. Coalition of Sports Rights Owners

82. National Federation of Theater and Dance Production Business Associations

83. Swedish Performing Arts

84. National Syndicate of Musical and Variety Shows

85. Tennis Australia


87. The British Golf Championship

88. The Wimbledon Championships

89. The European VOD Coalition

90. Association Football

91. Lawn Tennis Association

92. The Walt Disney Company

93. tvi


95. UNI Global Union Europa – Media, Entertainment and Arts

96. International Union of Cinemas

97. United Media

98. UTECA – Television Comercial en Abierto

99. VAUNET – Verband Privater Medien

100. Verband Österreichischer Privatsender

101. Viaplay Group

102. Vivacom

103. Warner Brothers Discovery Sports

104. Women’s Tennis Association

105. World Athletics

106. World Federation of Advertisers

107. World Snooker

108. ZPPM Lewiatan – Związek Pracodawców Prywatnych Mediów Lewiatan. International