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Anti-Piracy Laws around the World

Each year losses of billions are faced by artists and creators as their work gets illegally published by pirates on pirate websites. This unlawful content is then consumed by people all across the globe. To the people a source of easy entertainment, to the pirates a source of easy money.

Governments all over work towards strengthening their anti-piracy laws year by year so that the damage could be minimized. Below is a breakdown of anti-piracy laws in different countries around the world.

The United States of America

‘Anyone found illegally streaming copyrighted content more than 10 times within 6 months could face jail upto 5 years’ Copyright owners and US Government have the right to ask for court orders against any website “enabling or facilitating” piracy. Internet service providers, payment processors and advertisers would not do business with illegal copyright infringers.


A warning e-mail is sent first, then a letter and if the infringer still refuses to stop violating laws he is taken to the court. The violator could then be fined or his internet connection could be suspended.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, illegal downloaders are sent letters with advice on how to avoid breaking laws and consuming pirated content. The letters do not consist of threats or disconnection warnings.The law has been challenged by ISP’s accusing it of policing users’ behaviour.


Spain has a strong anti-piracy shield. The aim of the government is to solve the case within 10 days. Copyright holders can file a case against websites and ISP’s hosting pirated content and the court proceedings then decide if the website has to be taken down within a quick span of 10 days.

New Zealand

A three strike system, similar to France is followed in New Zealand. Anyone caught sharing copyrighted content on the web receives a warning letter via their Internet Service Provider (ISP). After a third notice, the accused is taken to the court where he can face a fine of up to $15,000 and disconnection to the internet.