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Online Cricket Piracy Increased With T20 World Cup & IPL; Desi Blogs; Safe Harbor?

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Their tackling of footage violations by TV broadcasters might have been worked out but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and rights holders in different countries continue to face the larger threat of illegal online streaming of matches. Wall Street Journal calls attention to the burst in illegal streaming of matches online post the launch of the Twenty-20 World Cup and Indian Premier League forms. It quotes Christopher Stokes, chairman of NetResult, a London-based firm that released a 2008 report on existing illegal streams of sports: one match attracted 70,000 illegal viewers. Indian Sites For Cricket Streaming; Safe Harbor? A simple search for free sites to watch cricket gave us Crictime.com, Livecricket.Bollym4u.com, Anycricket.com, Bightcricket.com, Livefeedonline.com, Cricketlinks.org and there are hundreds more flash sites that are deleted after a match such as T20Dekho.Blogspot.com. A blog has a list of sites that one can use to track cricket here, some of the sites listed being legal sources. One such site, DesiTV, proffers a disclaimer: 'We must first declare that we DONT stream Sports live actions. We just share the links we found through internet and that too legal (see disclaimers of Sopcast, Ustream, Freedocast, Justin TV...Etc) and put it at one place name Www.Desi-tv.net. All broadcaster allow to embed the live video legally and we do the same. All videos linked to here are short excerpts in streaming format intended solely for nonprofit educational news reporting to promote the game.' This appears to be a case of a platform…

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