A maxi operation called "Free Football allowed the Guardia di Finanza to seize illegal providers in a preventive manner
The Guardia di Finanza blocked 114 pirated streaming sites that they offeredillegal on demand programsof football and sports events on Italian territory, as well as TV series and films covered by copyright. The success of this maxi "web raid" was achieved within the scope of the operation called Free Football, developed by the Brescia Economic-Financial Police Unit together with the Special Unit for the Protection of Privacy and Technological Frauds of the Guardia di Finanza of Rome.
This is the first tangible intervention in the fight against piracy, after the campaign launched by the Summer League, with the famous hashtag #Stopiracy.
All obscured websites not only offered live sports streaming in an illegal manner, but were even provided with complete program schedules and detailed and allowed users a wide choice in the web offer.
Pirated streaming sites, the investigation of the GdF
In particular, the Guardia di Finanza has ascertained that pirated contents were offered both in mode live streaming ie live, that in mode streaming on demand, therefore, at the request of the interested parties.
"Such piracy phenomena reads in a note constitute a constant danger to economic and financial security. The investigations of the Guardia di Finanza, on the one hand, aim to counter the spread of pirated content to protect the legitimate distributors who have copyright, on the other hand, target the illicit value chain that revolves around this illegal phenomenon".
The Serie A League intervenes
At the beginning of August the Serie A League had started thesocial campaign "#Stopiracy – Piracy kills football", calculating that 60% of the adult population in Italy had made or would have made regular use of illegal streaming to follow sporting events. Hence the congratulations for the operation carried out by the GdF: "The maximum satisfaction for the ‘Free Football’ operation. The operations to combat piracy in the last few months by the police forces collect our applause and thanks".