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Europol trumpets Bulgarian piracy coup

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency similar to Interpol, has been talking up its role in bringing down a large-scale video piracy operation in Bulgaria. It was targeting what is rather confusingly referred to as IPTV piracy, although this does not mean stealing content from telco IPTV services but just that the unauthorized redistribution of assets is over the internet. This was the third Europol action against Bulgarian IPTV pirates in a year and looks like being the biggest, since the illegal service had 30,000 paying subscribers. The action, partly funded by the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and supported by the Cybercrime Unit of the Bulgarian General Directorate Combating Organized Crime of the Ministry of Interior, targeted six…

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