French broadcasters and rights-holders launch anti-piracy group
A group of French broadcasters and professional sports leagues has launched the Association for the Protection of Sports Programmes (APPS), dedicated to combating pirate streaming of sports competitions via the internet.
The board of directors comprises two groups: representing broadcasters, Yousef Al-Obaidly, president of BeIN Sports France; Julien Bergeaud, senior vice president for France of Discovery / Eurosport; and Jean-Christophe Thiery, president of Canal Plus; and representing rights-holders, Alain Fischer, secretary general of the FFT, the French tennis federation; Paul Goze, president of the LNR, the national rugby league; Didier Quillot, executive director of LFP, the professional football league; and Jean-Pierre Siutat, president of the FFBB, the French basketball federation.
The group will be chaired by Al-Obaidly, who said: “We must find together effective solutions to jointly fight against this scourge. This is the vocation of the APPS.”