Torrentfreak reveals content of IFPI internal piracy report

By | Published on Thursday 26 July 2012


Torrentfreak has got its hands on an internal report produced by the Chief Anti-Piracy Officer of the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry back in April which runs through the global trade body’s current thinking on all things to do with online piracy.

There are few surprises in the 30 page report, which runs through what the IFPI believes are the main current and future threats to the record industry online, and how rights owners should deal with each of them. Possible reactions are split into five types – take down, disruption, investigation, lobbying and litigation.

Four key issues are outlined in the document – the continued sharing of unlicensed content via P2P file-sharing networks; the presence of large amounts of unlicensed content files on rogue servers or in cyber-lockers that are accessible to all; unlicensed download stores that sell MP3s globally (mainly based in Russia and Ukraine); and phishing attacks on artist, management and label email accounts possible giving hackers access to pre-release content.

The IFPI’s proposed action on each of these is as follows: “strategic action” against the technologies utilised by P2P file-sharers (presumably litigation and web-block injunctions); pressuring cyber-lockers to introduce proactive piracy filters, or at least to operate efficient take-down systems, and to lobby for lockers that don’t comply to be shutdown; telling payment service providers and ad networks to not work with rogue download stores, thus starving them of revenue, and working with crime agencies where possible to shut such companies down; and to educate industry types about how to protect against phishing attacks.

The report also outlines the IFPI’s wish list of action it wants internet service providers to take to combat piracy – not allowing rogue websites to access the net via its servers, three strikes and web-blocking – and looks at the rise of the mobile internet, and the possible new piracy threats that creates. On that point the document reveals that the IFPI is monitoring both the Apple and Android app stores for any apps that offer or encourage access to unlicensed music.

Torrentfreak says that the report “finishes up by stressing the importance of ‘co-operation, partnerships and information exchange’ and the building of relationships with law enforcement, judges and legal bodies in order to ‘provide training built around real world experiences and challenges rather than focusing on theory'”.