Piracy has proved to be large enough of a problem for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it is asking Amazon and eBay to help in the crackdown of “intellectual property theft and consumer fraud.”
Last week, FCC commissioner Mike O’Rielly addressed a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and eBay CEO Devin Wenig, and asked the internet giants for their assistance in removing fake digital entertainment streaming boxes from online marketplaces.
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The recent cord-cutting movement — customers electing to cancel cable and opt for streaming subscriptions — has ushered in software apps and sites that foster internet piracy. It doesn’t take much digging to find the online trove of illegally posted TV shows or movies. And all it takes to tap into the content is a streaming media device, which can be purchased on sites like Amazon and eBay for less than $100.
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The FCC doesn’t take issue with streaming media devices made by tech giants like Apple, Amazon and Google. Instead, the FCC is dropping the hammer on the rogue box manufacturers that effectively defraud the public by exploiting the FCC logo and sell equipment that doesn’t comply with FCC requirements. Moreover, the “devices are being used to illegally stream copyrighted content, exacerbating the theft of billions of dollars in American innovation,” according to O’Rielly’s letter.
Now, the pressure will be on Amazon and eBay to help the FCC stop illegal streaming.
Amazon’s vice president of public policy, Brian Huseman, replied to O’Rielly and pledged the company’s cooperation to swiftly remove and report any noncompliant FCC devices.
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