Arab broadcasters want pirate TV gone

Broadcasters are protesting 30 pirate TV stations and websites.
MBC's Omar
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Top Arab broadcasters MBC, OSN and Rotana Media Group met in Egypt to discuss actions against illegal broadcasts of Hollywood and Arabic movies, The National has reported.

MBC Group chief executive Sam Barnett said that 15 satellite channels are "essentially taking content for free" from the Internet and DVDs and they are "run by criminals." Another 16 websites have also been identified that are reportedly breaching copyright.

The group is urging satellite operators to shut down the pirate channels, without the need for the broadcasters to pursue lengthy court action.

"If [the piracy] continues, it will not be worth $100 million, because we're not fools to continue paying for stuff that has already been [broadcast by the pirate channels]," Barnett reportedly said. "We pay a big number for a movie, and these guys are getting it for free. In terms of the rights being abused, we're talking tens of millions of dollars."

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