IFPI, the organization that represents the recorded music industry around the world, and its Brazilian national group, Pro-Música Brasil, have revealed a number of recent successful actions against streaming manipulation services operating in the country.
The manipulation of streaming involves the creation of artificial “plays” on digital music streaming services that do not represent actual listening.
The latest move follows news that 14 sites were forced to stop offering “fake feed” services in Brazil in October last year.
In August 2020, five “fake feed” sites were also forced to cease their activities by court injunctions in Germany.
Already, more than 65 streaming manipulation services have been affected by recent actions by the music industry in Brazil, including 10 sites that have closed and 20 sites that have stopped offering “fake streaming” services.
35 other listings of streaming music manipulation services have been removed from the Mercado Livre online marketplace.
The results announced today are the result of an ongoing collaboration between IFPI, the Brazilian Association for the Protection of Intellectual Phonographic Rights (APDIF), Pro-Música Brasil and Cyber Gaeco, the Cybercrime Unit of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. from São Paulo.
“The manipulation of streaming has no place in music; we continue to tackle it globally.
Frances Moore, IFPI
Frances Moore, Executive Director of IFPI, said: “The manipulation of streaming has no place in music; we continue to tackle it globally.
“Pro-Música Brasil, APDIF and Cyber Gaeco have achieved a fantastic result, which supports the continued growth and development of the thriving and legitimate digital music market in Brazil.
“We would like to thank APDIF and Cyber Gaeco for their continued support and collaboration. “
Paulo Rosa, Pro-Música Brasil
Paulo Rosa, Director of Pro-Música Brasil, added: “We successfully shut down fourteen streaming manipulation services in Brazil last year, based on criminal prosecution and cease and desist notices.
“Since then, we have worked hard with our industry partners to tackle other top sites offering streaming manipulation services.
“We would like to thank APDIF and Cyber Gaeco for their continued support and collaboration. “Music trade around the world