The Internet is a huge opportunity that the film industry has embraced since day one. We are committed to the production of innovative, professional and top quality for audiences across Europe. According to the European Audiovisual Observatory more than 1,500 feature films were produced in the EU in 2013 alone. Digital technology is developing fast and the film industry is driving the change by creating and offering the content people want in all different possible formats. There are now more than 3,000 on-demand audiovisual services available in Europe. Audiences have embraced the change as well: from 2006 to 2012, online video transactions for twenty EEA (European Economic Area) countries have grown by more than 2,000%.
Online film offers are blossoming and reaching more Europeans every day. These legal services are reliable and secure, offering a smooth delivery and a customized experience, while visiting pirate sites exposes citizens to identify theft, viruses, malware or spyware. The MPA supports initiatives in different countries to facilitate access to high-quality legal content online.
The MPA supports initiatives in different countries to facilitate access to high-quality legal online content. For instance in Spain, the website Mesientodecine.com lists on one website all the possible ways to watch films online. We also support the same initiative in the UK where you can browse all the available online offers on FindAnyFilm.com. And in Italy, we support an initiative where you can browse all legal digital content, from cinema, TV, Ebooks, videogames, music and magazines. This was developed under the leadership of Confindustria Cultura Italia. Take a look at www.mappadeicontenuti.it.
We also closely cooperate with a global network of offices that are dedicated to steer consumers safely through the jungle of legal and illegal offers and help them to stay on the legal side. Just contact your regional offices to inform yourself about how to recognise pirated products or illegal websites and how to make sure that you stay safe.
- Learn more about our content protection partner organizations in Europe
Danish Anti-Piracy Group
Association for the Fight Against Audiovisual Piracy
(Association de Lutte Contre la Piraterie Audiovisuelle – ALPA)
Society for the Prosecution of Copyright Infringement
(Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen – GVU)
Anti-Piracy Federation for the Audio Visual Industry
(Federazione Anti-Pirateria Audiovisiva – FAPAV)
Foundation for the Protection of Copyright for the Entertainment Industry
Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland (BREIN)
Russian Anti-Piracy Organization (RAPO)
Federación para la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (FAP)
Swedish Antipiracy Bureau
(Svenka Antipiratbyrån -APB)
Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Organization
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT)
How to recognize illegal websites
Sometimes it’s hard to sort out what’s legal and what isn’t when you’re looking for your favourite films and television shows online. Here are some quick tips that should help you make the right choices:
Watch for Titles that are “Too New to be True”
Movies that have yet to be released in cinemas or that are still out in cinemas are not legally available online. If such recent titles are being offered online, they are almost invariably illegal copies.
Trust Your Eyes and Ears
In many cases, the quality of illegal copies is inferior with poor sound and can appear blurry or shaky.
Be Cautious When Websites Make Offers that are Too Good to be True
Be wary of “too good to be true” offers, such as those for “free” content when searching for and purchasing downloads from unfamiliar sites; they typically indicate pirated product. If the site avoids disclosing its location (for example, if there is no address in its contact information), this can also be a sign of an illegal website.