It was already discussed in the chamber, now with the approval of the Senate it has become a reality: The anti-pezzoto law came into effect on August 8., In fact, the government has decided to step up and corner the world of piracy with new measures to combat illegal reproduction of live football matches, movies and other events protected by copyright on sites and platforms that broadcast them. Will not be authorized to.
So, with the advent of the law, come significant innovations, ranging from fines to incarceration time, but also the immediate blocking of sites for anyone who is caught using them while committing an actual crime, by all means. Are. But How does this work New anti-pezzoto law?
Pezzotto, the number of damages
First, it should be clarified what is meant by “pezotto”, a term that has entered everyday speech to such an extent that politicians formally refer to recently passed legislation as anti-pezotto legislation, even though Specifically, it is number 93 of the 2023 Anti-Piracy Act.
When we talk about Pezotto we refer to illegal streaming of copyrighted material Through the decoder that allows you to intercept signals that the system inside the television does not catch. Through the use of this system connected to a TV, and relying on pirated subscriptions, pirated digital signals coming from the Internet are decoded through the IPTV system. It is therefore a physical product that acts as a “track opener” for access to illegal services that send video streams similar to web streaming transmissions.
Pezzotto has become increasingly popular over the years because it has saved hundreds of Euros for customers who have used the system. According to a survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of FAPAV (Federation for the Protection of the Audio and Multimedia Content Industries), about 345 million crimes are expected to be identified in 2022, an increase of 30 million from the previous year.
The greatest growth was recorded in key sectors of the audiovisual industry: for example, as far as live sporting events are concerned, the percentage increased by 26% year-on-year for a total of 41 million acts, and as of 2016 compared to an increase of 178%; In 2021, +20% for television programs and +15% for fiction and TV series were recorded for piracy.
What changes from the anti-pezzoto law?
but the arrival of Law 93/2023 This puts the brakes on the system and is a real threat to vendors and customers. In fact, now not only the owner of the platform that decodes the signal is at risk, but also those who use it.
According to the law, operators of sites that broadcast content illegally can be jailed for up to three years, while people using them can face a maximum fine of Rs 10,000. 5.000 euro, whereas until a few days ago the maximum was 1,000 euros. Moreover, as per the law, AGCOM will have more chances than before to take timely action when a violation is reported, leading to near-immediate blocking of the site or platform.
If earlier it was necessary to launch an investigation and the time was longer, now the sites, search engines and Internet service providers that receive the Agcom provision will. 30 minutes to action. But not only this, as it will also be the duty of the telecom companies to block the IP addresses through which content is made available illegally, thus redirection to other pirated sites will not be allowed.
Only holders of reproduction rights to events that are broadcast illegally (for example Sky, Lega or Dazon) can send reports to Agcom and the opening of the platform where all reports will be collected is expected in September.