CEG TEK International

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CEG TEK International
Industry Digital media, Anti-piracy, online piracy tracking
Founded 2009 (2009)
Headquarters Beverly Hills, California, United States
Key people
Jon Nicolini (CTO)[1]
Kyle Reed (COO)[2]
Services Copyright infringement detection and remediation
Website www.cegtek.com

CEG TEK International (formerly Copyright Enforcement Group) is a Los Angeles-based copyright monetization firm.[3] The company also conducts and releases studies about piracy of motion pictures, music, and other forms of digital media.[4][5]

CEG TEK International primarily represents motion picture studios, including Nu Image and Millennium Films, and protects their digital content online.[6][7] The company uses proprietary technology to monitor piracy on P2P file sharing networks and across the web. Once infringement is detected, an electronic notice is sent to users which offers a release of liability in exchange for a nominal settlement amount. CEG TEK International claims users who pay for their infringement are less likely to share illegal content in future.[8]


In 2012, CEG TEK International sponsored a Producers Guild of America diversity workshop.[9]

In 2013, CEG TEK International measured illicit activity surrounding independent films on the BitTorrent P2P network leading up to the year's American Film Market festival and revealed that Elysium was most pirated.[10]

In March 2014, the company monitored piracy of Academy Award-nominated films and found that the Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave surged the most after the ceremony aired.[11] In April, CEG TEK International published data about the most pirated television networks and shows on the P2P hub BitTorrent.[3] The most pirated television show of the tracked titles was HBO's Game of Thrones.[12][13][14] 27,425 unique users in the United States illegally shared Game of Thrones, in addition to 289,310 users worldwide.[12] CEG TEK International's report also found that half of the top ten most pirated networks are broadcasters, and seven of the top ten most pirated shows come from broadcast.[3][15][16]

In August 2014, the company furnished data and commentary to the Washington Post regarding illicit activity of Netflix's Emmy-nominated series in anticipation of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 2014.[17] After the ceremony, the company documented the dramatic increase in piracy among Emmy-nominated and Emmy-winning television series.[18][19][20] There was a significant correlation between series' Emmy wins and the resulting illicit activity.[21][22]


  1. ^ "Jon Nicolini: CTO of CEG TEK.". LinkedIn. 
  2. ^ "Kyle Reed: COO of CEG TEK.". LinkedIn. 
  3. ^ a b c Andrew Wallenstein (28 April 2014). "Most Pirated TV Shows, Networks Dominated by Broadcasters". Variety. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  4. ^ Trent Moore (28 April 2014). "Not just Thrones: Genre shows dominate Top 10 most torrented TV shows list". blastr. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  5. ^ Carlos Alberto Sánchez (30 April 2014). "Las series de HBO, con Juego de Tronos a la cabeza, son las más descargadas del mundo" (in Spanish). ADSL Zone. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  6. ^ Eriq Gardner (9 Sep 2014). "Expendables 3 Torrent Downloaders Now Being Targeted for Copyright Infringement". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  7. ^ Ted Johnson (17 Sep 2014). "Producers Threaten Individual Expendables 3 Pirates With Legal Action". Variety. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  8. ^ Amy Maclean (12 May 2014). "Dissecting the Piracy Problem". Cablefax. Retrieved 18 Nov 2014. 
  9. ^ "Producers Guild of America Announces Eighth Annual "Power of Diversity" Workshop". Producers Guild of America. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  10. ^ Karl Quinn (6 November 2013). "100 Bloody Acres one of the most illegally downloaded films". The Sunday Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  11. ^ Andrew Wallenstein (28 March 2014). "Piracy of Oscar-Winning Films Pops Post-Show". Variety. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Yep, ‘Thrones’ is world’s most-pirated show". Media Life. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  13. ^ Stewart Clarke (29 April 2014). "Thrones most illegally shared US show, CBS hardest hit network". TBI Vision. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  14. ^ David Wharton (28 April 2014). "The Walking Dead Is One Of The Most Pirated Shows On Bittorrent". Giant Freakin Robot. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  15. ^ Mark Newton (30 April 2014). "Game of Thrones vs The Walking Dead: Which is pirated more?". Movie Pilot. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  16. ^ "Most Pirated Networks and Shows". Week-N-TV. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  17. ^ Cecilia Kang (24 Aug 2014). "Orange Is the New Black is now the second-most pirated TV show in the world". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  18. ^ Todd Spangler (2 Sep 2014). "Breaking Bad Piracy Rates Soar Fivefold After 2014 Emmy Wins". Variety. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  19. ^ David Bloom (2 Sep 2014). "Breaking Bad, Other Emmy-Nominated Dramas Score Big On Piracy Charts, Too". Deadline. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  20. ^ Cecilia Kang (2 Sep 2014). "Emmy winners also score big with pirates". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  21. ^ Emma Woollacott (3 Sep 2014). "Breaking Bad Piracy Soars After Emmy Wins". Forbes. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 
  22. ^ Saba Hamedy (3 Sep 2014). "Piracy of Breaking Bad, other Emmy favorites surges after awards". LA Times. Retrieved 17 Nov 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official website