Online piracy is more prevalent today than ever. It probably happens a lot more than you could ever imagine. Whereas in the past it was mainly the illegal streaming or downloading of videos, there has been a shift, and piracy is now going much further than that. Online piracy can negatively influence your company; your image could be harmed, your revenue could become less and the trust of customers in your company might decrease.
In today’s digitalized society, it is of great importance to keep a close eye on online piracy, however, many companies find this very hard; it is time-consuming and not that easy. Luckily, there are anti-piracy companies that can be engaged. Such companies will continuously monitor possible pirate attacks via several platforms. We would like to elaborate on what kind of platforms are being monitored by such companies!
Please read below!
A cyberlocker is an online file hosting service, in which companies can save company data, such as pictures, videos, and software. The information that is being saved within a cyberlocker can be copied by sharing download URLs. You already understand it is a very accessible place for online pirates to make their move. Anti-piracy companies usually have a big database of cyberlockers and because of that, they can constantly monitor infringing downloads.
Online marketplaces are places where people can offer products and customers can buy those products. Well-known marketplaces are Amazon, eBay, and AliExpress. Via these marketplaces, illegal copies of written documents, series, films, and so forth are constantly offered. Anti-piracy companies are keeping a close eye and checking if your products are also sold without consent. If this is the case, they will make sure that the products are shut down from that specific marketplace.
You can not or will not even think of it, but online pirates are not even that ‘’secretly acting’’. It is found that online pirates are publishing links to their websites – where for example a film can be downloaded secretly – via their own or companies’ social media platforms. Anti-piracy will monitor social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and make sure that these links will be recognized. When a link indeed leads to one of your products, of course, it is aimed and requested to shut the product down from that specific website!