Online video piracy is getting worse in Southeast Asia. Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia have all seen a rise in pirated online video consumption.
Online video piracy in Vietnam
With 15.5 million people watching or listening to pirated content, online video piracy is getting worse in Vietnam. This is now the third-highest number in Southeast Asia. This results in losses for the digital content sector of $348 million USD, or 18% of its revenues.
The fact that only 4% of the population consumes legal content itself is alarming. If this goes on, the number of pirated content consumers could reach from 15.5 to 19.5 million by 2027. This will result in losses of $456 million.
If this situation could be addressed and controlled it would create 4,870 new jobs in the content creation industry.
Most common acts of piracy in Vietnam are –
- Reposting broadcasted content on different social networks or websites
- Cropping, editing and illegally reposting content online
Online video piracy in Thailand
Almost half the population, 45% users in Thailand, utilize illegal channels to stream content. In the Asia Video Industry Report 2020 it is stated that 30% users have canceled legal streaming subscriptions and opted to online piracy. This is approximately a loss in 3 million subscribers which also results in at the moment more than $1 billion in loss.
The wider economic damage in this case ranges up to somewhere between $1.87 billion to $2.96 billion a year in 2017, with between 24,000 and 38,000 jobs lost.
Most common acts of piracy in Thailand are –
- An illegal global site with an English language portal that stores 250 SD and HD channels specifically molded for the Thai audience.
- An illegal local site in Thai language with more targeted live channels with 200 of Thailand’s most popular and international football.
Online video piracy in Singapore
Recently, Singapore High Court issued an Order to block 30 illegal streaming sites and nearly 150 associated domains that are in charge of distributing a sizable amount of illegally streamed content in Singapore.
This comes after reports were published that nearly one-third of Singaporean consumers watch pirate content.
Most common acts of piracy in Singapore are –
- Almost 40% of the consumers piracy via social media or messaging platforms.
- Almost 20% of the consumers stream or download from illegal torrent websites.
- Almost 10% of the consumers use online piracy via android tv boxes.
Online video piracy in Philippines
The percentage of Filipino consumers who admit to viewing pirated content rose from 49% in September 2020 to 61% in 2022. Due to this, the sector for subscription-based online streaming loses $120 million per year.
According to research that ranked the Philippines third in Asia for video-on-demand (VOD) piracy, legitimate subscription VOD firms lost some Peso 6.3 billion in 2020.
Most common acts of piracy in Philippines are –
- Social media and messaging apps like Facebook and TikTok.
- Share illegally downloaded materials or download links via messaging apps like Telegram and Viber.
- Streaming and torrent sites or use illicit streaming devices and apps which are widely available for purchase online or on virtual marketplaces.
Online video piracy in Malaysia
Piracy might put an end to the broadcasting industry in Malaysia because it costs the sector an estimated RM3 billion a year, RM500 million in taxes, and thousands of jobs.
Most common acts of piracy in Malaysia are –
- TV boxes that can stream pirated content.
- Distributing and sharing of applications, websites and hyperlinks by individuals through messaging applications or on social media platforms.
- Software applications that allow unauthorized access to copyright content
Onsist fights Online Piracy
One of the best ways to counter Digital Media Piracy is to enlist the help of Online Piracy agencies such as Onsist. Onsist has been battling online piracy for the last decade.
‘Stop Losing Your Revenue to Piracy’ has always been the motto of Onsist, using advanced automated tools to report and takedown illegal online videos such as popular movies or tv series, helping streamers to go back to the source of the contents.
The vision of Onsist has always been to protect brands from all over the world against online theft and piracy. Onsist wants people not to fear losing their content to pirates, counterfeiters and other digital threats.
Onsist finds and removes illegal copies of your content and protects your revenue with anti-piracy protection.
Find pirated content in three ways
- Monitoring Engines
Anti-Piracy Engines that will crawl the web for infringements 24/7
- Piracy Database
A database of scraped piracy sites for easy content detection
- Trained Experts
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Report and remove content when it’s found
- Send Out Notices
Illegal content is reported to the infringing sites
- Contact hosting
Hosting providers will be notified of infringements
- Clean up search engines
Google, Bing, and other search engines will be cleaned
Report The Results
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- Live Statistics
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- Detailed Results
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