LaLiga Armada sinks more Brazilian pirate sites
Spanish soccer’s LaLiga has today claimed a further victory in the battle against online piracy with the announcement of the closure of three Brazilian IPTV platforms that had been showing its matches illegally.
As a result of the collaboration with LtaHub, its partner legal office in the South American country, LaLiga has ensured that the three website - www.listaiptvbrasil.com.br, www.melhorlistaiptv.com.br and www.listaiptvbrasilhd.br – have been taken down.
The platforms are said to have had more than 8,000 illegal subscribers and attracted over 1.5 million visits per month.
LaLiga said that the offenders were contacted and ordered to permanently remove all LaLiga-owned audiovisual content, cease all illegal activity, hand over all devices involved in their operations and transfer the domain names.
In addition, they made a commitment not to carry out any further infringements and to collaborate in the efforts to identify any related illegal platforms.
LaLiga has been one of the most active sports rights-holders in the battle against piracy, with recent endeavours in Brazil having resulted in the closure of four other streaming websites which had nearly 14 million unique users per month and attracted over 43 million visits per month.
In Spain, requests have been made to close 31 pirate websites, with 17 taken down as a result, and the international operations have extended to more than 40 countries.
Melcior Soler, the director of LaLiga’s audiovisual department, said today: “As a part of the entertainment industry, LaLiga is doing its bit to put a stop to this scourge, which not only affects football, but thousands of people who work in the industry.
"Audiovisual piracy is a crime, it endangers the future of the game, the league and the sport as a whole. What's more, many people are directly or indirectly dependent on the industry. That's why we're firmly committed to continuing to lead the battle against piracy.”
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The deal includes branding on the substitutes benches and in the press room at Real’s famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium, and the provision of cars to players.
Audi are also a sponsor of rivals Barcelona in a deal that expires at the end of this season, and has yet to be renewed.