The blocking of Telegram in Portugal is dependent on the General Inspection of Cultural Activities (IGAC). As we have already mentioned in the past, the “piracy” of newspapers and magazines has been increasing, with digital conversation platforms being the place for sharing this type of content.
According to some estimates, sharing newspapers and magazines on the platform generates a loss of 3.5 million per month.
Telegram and others lead to losses of 3.5 million euros/month
Visapress has challenged the Government in the past to quickly make a commitment to press freedom through the creation of laws that allow the fight against piracy and the sharing of editorial content, particularly on social networks.
Just recently six deputies were identified in a Telegram piracy group. According to the latest figures, the national media recorded potential losses of more than 3.5 million euros/month due to the sharing of newspapers and magazines on social networks.
In Portugal, IGAC is the entity specialized in the protection of copyright and related rights, which competes with several other attributions in the field of cultural activities. Its role is crucial in the context of cultural development policies, namely in the improvement, development, management and protection of copyright and related rights and in ensuring the technical and safety conditions of the venues for artistic shows where it assumes inspection powers. In the field of shows, it is also the entity responsible for overseeing all bullfighting activities.
It is also responsible for registering literary and artistic works, controlling the distribution of cinematographic works and authenticating videograms.
According to the latest information, the blocking of Telegram in Portugal is in the hands of IGAC. Visapress, according to the CM, remains unanswered. It should be noted that Visapress wants the effective blocking of Telegram groups, within the scope of a new law that imposes barriers to the indiscriminate distribution of protected digital content.