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Politics and diplomacy mix with piracy over FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has stood out from other recent major sporting events when it comes to online piracy by dragging in countries rather than just rogue satellite operators and multiple small-time players. India and Saudi Arabia are at the center of the storm for different reasons, with the former still shaking off accusations it does not do enough to curtail the rampant piracy afflicting movie as well as live sports content there in the face of explosive growth in broadband access. The case of Saudi Arabia is more specific, resulting from its diplomatic spat with gas-rich Qatar, which also involves Egypt, Bahrain and UAE (United Arab Emirates). These four states cut diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2017 over…

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