26 April is International Intellectual Property Day. On this occasion, ICC Poland – the Polish National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce – and CANAL+ Poland, in cooperation with the Signal Association, organised an international meeting in Warsaw on cross-industry cooperation in the field of intellectual property protection.
120 police officers from Economic Crime Departments from police units in the Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Podlaskie and Wielkopolskie provinces were trained in April this year at a workshop organised by Sygnal in cooperation with the Police Headquarters. The two-day meetings were held at the Police College in Szczytno and the Police School in Piła. During the training, Signal members discussed the specifics of TV content theft crimes on the internet, presented the association’s recent achievements, and described the extent of cooperation with law enforcement agencies and its effects.
The Anti-Piracy Coalition has once again honoured police officers from police units that have particularly distinguished themselves in the past year with their effective fight against music, TV and computer piracy with Golden Badges. The Departments for Fighting Economic Crime of the Provincial Police Headquarters in Olsztyn and the District Police Headquarters in Ostrów Wielkopolski were honoured for their fight against infringements of intellectual property rights. A special award for educational cooperation went to Superintendent Iwona Klonowska, Commandant-Rector of the Police Academy in Szczytno.
Police officers from the Central Office for Combating Cybercrime have brought an end to a major pirate site offering films and series. Two men were charged with illegal distribution of copyrighted works. The originator and owner of the service was temporarily arrested. The total amount of damage resulting from the operation of the service is estimated by the wronged parties at several million zlotys.
The Police School in Piła hosted the fourth meeting of the educational series on the protection of intellectual property and the fight against TV theft on the Internet, organised by Sygnal in cooperation with the Police Headquarters and the Regional Police Headquarters, on 26-27 January this year.
On 19 December 2022, a cooperation agreement was signed between the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution and the Signal Association in the field of joint education on the fight against online video content theft. The cooperation initiated at the Continuous Training and International Cooperation Centre of the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution in Lublin will include the organisation and implementation of training courses, conferences and seminars for prosecutors and judges on the protection of intellectual property and the fight against copyright infringement, as well as the exchange of good practices in this area.
Almost 80 policemen and policewomen from departments for combating economic crime from the Małopolskie and Świętokrzyskie Voivodeships on 7-8 November this year took part in a training course in Zakopane. This was the third meeting in an educational series on the protection of intellectual property and combating TV theft on the Internet.
At the invitation of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin, those representing Sygnal, Zbigniew Taras and Paweł Watkowski, participated in the next, fourth edition of the Forensic Science Workshop dedicated to prosecutors and assessors of the prosecutor’s offices of the Szczecin District, organised on 24-26 October in Pogorzelica. The topic of the workshop – “Cybercrime – contemporary challenges of Law Enforcement Agencies”.
On 8-9 September 2022, the 13th conference on the dangers of using modern technologies was held in Sanok. The Sygnal Association was represented by Jakub Kupniewski and Zbigniew Taras, whose topic of presentation was theft of TV content on the Internet. The conference was organised by the Institute of Social Sciences of the Jan Grodek State University in Sanok and the Provincial Police Headquarters in Rzeszów.
Pirates are earning less and less from advertising, and the ‘follow the money’ strategy is working, according to White Bullet’s report on piracy funding on the Polish internet from advertising in Q2 2022. Estimated advertising revenue generated by traffic from Poland on the monitored sites fell by 39%. Moreover, only ten websites account for more than two-thirds of the identified estimated ad revenues.