Football in streaming is illegal and definitely a worldwide problem. Italy is trying to sink the illegal websites putting them out of the market.
A recent operation by the police in Italy discovered and closed another 41 websites that were illegally releasing football in streaming. Those portals were primarily focusing on sports but also ready to stream movies. Thanks to a coordinated operation between the general prosecutor in Rome and the Italian police these websites are now closed. At this stage, 290 illegal websites were put out of business in the last three months.
According to the information released, these 41 websites were providing football in streaming of the major European leagues such as the Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Liga, Champions League, tennis as well as the main automobile and motorcycle events.
The seizure of internet domains has been done thanks to the new investigative methodologies recently developed in Italy by the Special Broadcasting and Publishing group. The strategies implemented allowed the investigators to overcome the anonymizing systems used by those websites that are violating the copyrights.
This is not the first time that Italy and the other European countries are trying to disrupt the illegal streaming of football. Recently Spain gave a final shove to the famous portal Rojadirecta. Last November, 152 websites were blocked for the same reason as well. In that occasion, Fulvio Sarzana, the lawyer that assists some of the net operators stated:
“This is the most important seizure in Italian history. Let’s think that in the last three years the authorities presented the same number of reports that are executed today with a single act of the competent judicial authority.”
In conclusion, those websites that were seized had advertisement banners as their main source of profits.