BeIN Media Group, in partnership with the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), said it has shut down four illegal content piracy operations in Egypt.
Established earlier this year, the coalition is dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal ecosystem for creative content.
ACE and beIN collaborated to support the takedown of four major illegal live sports operators in Cairo, counting .com, Yalla-Shoot-7sry.com, Yalla-shoot.us, and Yallashoot-news.com.
According to ACE and beIN, the four websites engaged more than 1.8 million users from Egypt and over 4.8 million users around the world during May 2022.
Since the beginning of this year, more than 9 million users in Egypt and 24 million users globally have watched illegal content stolen from beIN Sports channels.
Almost half of the visits to these pirate websites came from users in Egypt. Also, these websites were counted amongst the most popular illegal live sports streaming sites in the Arab-speaking region, with each having close to 1 million views.
Speaking about piracy, Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association and Head of ACE, Jan van Voorn, said, “The successful action against these illegal piracy operations signifies the value of the new partnership between beIN and ACE. Combined, we have the network, the resources and the experience required to tackle the serious threat piracy poses to media companies worldwide and to protect the legal marketplace for content creators.”
A spokesperson from BeIN added, “Broadcasting piracy threatens sport, and these sites take funding from sports fans, players and clubs of all levels and leagues. In concert with ACE, we both have the means to support takedowns of this nature throughout the region. We will continue to do so to protect the entire sporting ecosystem.”
The websites are now controlled by ACE and redirect viewers to watch the content on legal platforms.
As a premium sports and entertainment content provider, beIN joined ACE as part of the entity’s comprehensive effort to end global content piracy.