Together Against Video Piracy


One of the biggest concerns that we have is with individuals saying they should be able to have something for free just because they can't afford it legally. Over the past two years, we have been looking into this issue to protect what we produce, and we found out that common-sense doesn't really work with these individuals as they believe that piracy is a form of freedom, even if its damaging others' revenues. What many don't know is that in order to remove a single video from one of the popular pirating or so called "peer-to-peer file sharing" websites requires a long procedure and usually doesn't take effect until the content spread over the internet and downloaded by many unidentified users. 


Users of peer-to-peer file sharing services download free pirated stuff (certainly something they're fond of and watch regularly) without realizing that stealing content will lead to reduced revenue, and that revenue goes to making more content and/or paying back the customers to ensure that new content could be created. If the video creator has expectation of illegal copying of his content, he may stop producing more content, because he does not believe that sales would be sufficient to recover the costs of production, making and distribution. So in the end, users of piracy services also suffer a cost in this situation.

In other words, the millions of dollars lost each year due to video piracy translate to much higher prices for the customer and less money spent by video making companies on utilizing new features for their featured videos. While it's easy to take down pirated videos on popular video sharing websites, it remains almost impossible to control what's being shared on peer-to-peer file sharing services. 

The Middle East has the highest rate of piracy in the whole world and there's a necessity for video makers to join together in initiatives to protect what they produce. Natalia J. Kate is mainly aiming to share information so that people what are the effects of pirating on creators and customers. We recognize that the vast majority of pirated content starts its life in the P2P websites, and we have put a huge amount of effort into making our owned websites and services more secure on the internet.