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TRA blocks illegal channel decryption

First country to protect pay channel rights on the internet.

July 12, 2010 2:30 by



The UAE has become the first country in the world to block internet access to descrambling codes for pay TV, reports Gulf News.

The paper says the new measures aim to protect pay TV channels from internet users who download illegal codes. The system works by blocking the websites that provide black market encryption data to viewers, who then use the information to bypass scrambled satellite and cable signals.

The initiative comes from the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

Mohammed Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA said that “the UAE gives utmost importance to intellectual property to ensure the most advantageous economic environment through supporting owners of property rights. This step will protect consumers against this type of fraud and it will limit infringement of intellectual property rights and violation of federal laws.”



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