Pay-TV Piracy in Europe and Why Media Piracy is Still a Serious Problem, Growing Throughout the World

Christine Maury-Panis,Vice President of the European Anti-Piracy Association AEPOC and Executive VP, General Counsel, Digital Pay-TV technology provider Viaccess - France Telecom, France

Precedent in Belgium: For the first time a court sentenced Pay-TV pirates to severe imprisonment and heavy fines – Sky Deutschland will receive over 2 million Euros in damages. A great success. Nevertheless, Europe could soon fall behind, because the methods of the pirates are developing ever faster and the existing EU legislation is barely able to keep pace. Directive 98/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 1998 on the Legal Protection of Services based on, or consisting of, Conditional Access – this is the full title of the European key legislation to protect pay-TV by an own dedicated legal basis.

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France Intellectual Property Telecommunications March 2011 Vol. 4, No. 14, Winter 2011

Christine Maury-Panis


Christine Maury-Panis, Executive VP & General Counsel of technology provider Viaccess and VP of the Anti-Piracy Association AEPOC Christine Maury-Panis is a French lawyer. She was appointed as legal counsel within the THOMSON consumer electronics business in 1986, dedicated to the Pay-TV activities, to the IP section and to the newly created licensing entity. Promoted to Deputy General Counsel, Europe for Thomson Multimedia, she headed a team of several lawyers. She then moved to the CANAL Group in 1996 to accompany the launch of the digital bouquet of CANAL+ and the creation of CANAL+ Technologies. She joined Viaccess in 2001 to set up the legal and IP department and is also Vice President of AEPOC. Christine is a graduate of the Paris Law University René Descartes in International Business law and of French Institute for Interpreters and Translators where she graduated as interpreter and translator in French, German and English. AEPOC stands for Association Européenne pour la Protection des Œuvres et services Cryptés – and is the European Anti-Piracy Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services such as Pay-TV. Based in Brussels, the Association represents the interests of some 25 members, including industry heavyweights such as BSkyB or Liberty Global/UPC and the large hardware and software vendors, including Pace, NDS and Nagravision. AEPOC's goal is to eradicate Pay-TV piracy through legislation and industry cooperation and to coordinate relevant activities among its members. The AEPOC members are Boxer TV-Access, BSkyB, comvenient, Conax, Digiturk, Eutelsat, General Satellite, INSIDE Secure, Irdeto, Liberty Global, Multichoice Hellas, Nagravision, NDS, NTV-Plus, Opentech, Pace, Poverkhnost , Prisa, Showtime Arabia, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, Viaccess - France Telecom and ZON Multimedia.

Digital Pay-TV Viaccess - France Telecom


VIACCESSS is a 100 % France Telecom affiliate dedicated to the design and commerciaization of content protection technologies.

France Intellectual Property Telecommunications March 2011 Vol. 4, No. 14, Winter 2011

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