Over the years there have been frequent claims by entertainment companies that by using pirate services, users are helping to finance other crimes. Just recently an article appeared in Forbes warning that, among other things, pirate IPTV providers are also involved in people trafficking, arms trading and drug shipments. Read on….
There is no doubt that over the past 20 years, online piracy has transformed in many ways. While still not completely dead, the original “sharing is caring” ethos is now overshadowed by what is a largely commercial web of for-profit piracy services.
In most jurisdictions, the operators of commercial piracy services commit crimes ranging from criminal copyright infringement to money laundering and fraud. So, by definition, pirate sites are run by criminals. Furthermore, if they do business systematically in even a small team, they can be officially labeled an Organized Crime Group (OCG).
This status elevation of…