The Pro League, the top tier of Belgian football, has joined with La Liga in Spain in order to cut down on illegal streaming of games.
Belgian teams will pay for the use of La Liga’s an online proprietary software called Marauder, introduced in 2015, which can find and shut down illegal streams of games.
The agreement is in place for the remainder of this season but could be extended for 2018/19.
The Belgian league also also has an agreement with Google for its ‘YouTube Content ID’ that helps rights-holders report and remove illegal videos on the platform.
The chief executive of Pro League, Pierre François, said that this partnership shows “that [The Pro League] are determined to tackle this problem thoroughly” and that the new campaign “will raise the interest in [their] product to an even higher level, nationally, but also internationally.”
There have been similar efforts made by the English Premier League and the German Bundesliga in recent years, and collaboration between a smaller league such as the Pro League with a giant like La Liga could signal more partnerships in future.