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Piracy costs ‘$6-8 billion annually’

New figures from ABI Research

Video piracy is costing the industry between $6-8 billion annually according to a new report from ABI Research.

The company says piracy includes everything from illegal fully-loaded Kodi boxes, social network live streams, torrents of exclusive series or movies, web-based redistribution via file lockers, to password sharing.

“Content providers must shift their response to piracy from being device-oriented, such as traditional conditional access systems (CAS) and digital rights management (DRM) to comprehensive service-oriented approaches and modern tools against piracy,” says Sam Rosen, vice president at ABI Research. A

ABI suggests the important tools available in the fight against piracy include session-based watermarking coupled with real-time piracy monitoring focused on locating and identifying pirated content consumption and disruption of pirated content via terminating the source or disrupting the web services. 

Other tools include managing password sharing and working with other content providers in a market to effectively drive law enforcement to respond to the threat of piracy. 

ABI Research estimates that nearly $400 million, or about 33 per cent of revenues in the DRM market will shift to service- or as-a-service (aaS) oriented revenues, by 2022.