MBC praises Saudi Arabia for shutting down piracy websites

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Updated 23 June 2020

MBC praises Saudi Arabia for shutting down piracy websites

  • The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) said on Monday it had shut down 231 websites

LONDON: The Middle East’s largest media company MBC has “extended its gratitude and appreciation” to Saudi Arabia for shutting down dozens of illegally-run websites.

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) said on Monday it had shut down 231 websites that were pirating and streaming content.

Some of the content being pirated by the sites belonged to MBC, the broadcaster said Tuesday.

“The SAIP, which is run by the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment, demonstrates the government’s commitment to tackling content piracy and protecting IP rights, and is an example that MBC Group highlights as one for other authorities in the MENA region to emulate,” MBC said.

“MBC Group shares the vision, mission and commitment of local authorities in terms of continuously monitoring and tackling content piracy, by forging closer ties with telecommunications regulators and other entities - thus identifying those responsible for violations.”

Dubai-based MBC said one of the company’s key pillars is to protect producers, writers, content creators and others in the sector.


Twitter, TikTok discuss potential combination, reports WSJ

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Twitter, TikTok discuss potential combination, reports WSJ

  • Trump declared Thursday that TikTok and WeChat threaten the national security the United States

NEW YORK: Twitter is in preliminary discussions for a possible combination with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, after US President Donald Trump said he would ban the app, calling it a threat to national security.

Trump declared Thursday that the popular Chinese video app TikTok and social network WeChat “threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”

In an executive order, Trump gave Americans 45 days to stop doing business with the platforms, effectively setting a deadline for a sale of TikTok by its Chinese parent firm ByteDance.

He has also demanded that a significant portion of the sale go to the US Treasury.

Microsoft has been the primary suitor for TikTok, saying it was in talks to buy the company’s US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand operations.

The Financial Times reported Thursday that Microsoft has expanded negotiations and was now after the app’s entire global operations.

As a smaller company, Twitter would have a long-shot bid for TikTok, but the social media platform believes it would come under less antitrust scrutiny than larger corporations such as Microsoft, the WSJ said, citing people familiar with the talks.

Twitter, however, would likely need the support of other investors to complete the combination.

While Twitter does allow for the sharing of videos, most posts contain short text messages and photos or GIFs.

In 2012 Twitter acquired the platform Vine, which allowed users to share short videos, but shut down the service in 2016.