Call for feedback on TV content piracy: state of the market survey to best practices

Regulation & Policy

Like in other parts of the world, the African audiovisual industry faces the challenge of content piracy. But combatting content piracy is a rather tricky business.

Ahead of major African TV events such as "Discop Africa", Balancing Act's analysts are researching the TV content piracy issue and practices on how best to counteract it across the continent.

If you know about recent aspects and measures related to TV content piracy in specific African countries, please contact 'Balancing Act' via email here and your comments will be treated anonymously. In exchange, 'Balancing Act' will provide you with the final executive summary of the survey at the start of Nov. 2012.

Here is the questionnaire focused on a mix of qualitative and quantitative questions. Please feel free to be creative and add your two cents.

- What is the nature and extent of piracy in TV, DVD and internet sector in your country? (please specify the country/ies you are present in Africa - e.g. who are the pirates and why? sizing if available)

- What are the country specific government/private sector policy and practices to counteract piracy?

- Are there any compliances and legal actions against piracy in the county/region?

- Are there any public awareness campaigns that highlight the evils of piracy?   

- Are there any initiatives (local or foreign) to build capacity in relevant organs of state?  

Are there examples of high profile court cases in your country – where references/lessons can be drawn/learnt?

- What is the impact of DVD and the internet on piracy in your country? 

- Would you have an idea of some of the costs associated with piracy in Africa (your anti-piracy costs, the cost of piracy in specific African countries, costs associated with rights losses, etc.)

- Are there any messages you'd like to convey to the press and to the industry on the topic?

'Balancing Act' has already relayed a lot of info on this subject here and has conducted qualitative research on the topic two years ago.