AdGuard VPN Blog: Pirate streaming crackdown: Italy leads the way with hefty fines for viewers

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Watching your favorite TV shows and movies online for free, without any legal hassle, is what online piracy offers to many people. But this offer may not last long.

From taking down file-sharing giants like The Pirate Bay (which still manages to survive) to busting illegal IPTV streaming services, authorities around the world are escalating the battle with online piracy. Until now, however, the focus of this crusade has been on the providers of illegal content, not the consumers. For the most part, regular users have been left alone, and the only negative consequence they had to face was the loss of access to their favorite streaming sites.

But things are changing, with authorities now turning their attention to the users themselves.
One of the first countries to take a harsher stance against the users of pirate sites is Italy. Starting from August 8, 2023, people Italian who watch pirate streams risk racking up a fine of up to 5,000 euros. The fine can be imposed under the new amendment to the copyright law, which has been recently approved by Italy’s telecom regulator, AGCOM.
 

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