LaLiga, Spain’s football competition with fans around the world, continues to take steps with various other international rightsholders to denounce BeoutQ, a pirate channel that illegally distributes copyrighted content, including LaLiga, throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
“Protecting our product is fundamental to our business,” said Melcior Soler, director of LaLiga’s audiovisual department. “We cannot permit pirate channels to offer access to LaLiga programming. We are fully investigating BeoutQ and taking proper actions against this illegal platform and its enablers to stop the pirating of our competition.”
LaLiga has a strong track record of fighting piracy, including creating its own technology to identify and shutdown piracy operations. The league has contributed to numerous piracy cases prosecuted by Spanish law enforcement, including the takedown of Rojadirecta, a large online piracy site. LaLiga also shares its antipiracy knowledge with other rights holders and authorities.
“Piracy is a global problem, it is important to enforce intellectual property rights and to hold people everywhere to the international intellectual property rights conventions,” Soler continued.
Rights holders globally suffer serious economic impact from piracy, which ultimately results in less income for artists, athletes and less support for culture and sports. Specifically, LaLiga loses €400M a year due to piracy globally.