Feb 082017
 

Five people have been arrested, accused of selling set-top boxes modified to stream subscription football matches, television channels and films for free.

The sale of so-called “fully loaded Kodi boxes” has been called a “top priority” by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact).

The five traders were arrested in early morning raids.

Fact said it believed the suspects had made in the region of £250,000 selling the devices online.
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Dec 092016
 

Selling media players with pirate add-ons violates EU law, according to a recommendation from Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona.

He issued the advice in a landmark case over the legality of pre-loaded XBMC/Kodi devices, which are widely sold across Europe. Whether users of these players also liable depends on whether they know that the content is infringing.

Particularly popular are Kodi-powered applications or set-top boxes. While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, there are lots of add-ons available that turn it into a pirate’s heaven.

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Mar 252016
 

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is continuing its crackdown against sellers of piracy-enabled Android TV devices.

In the latest raid, a 38-year-old man was arrested in London, and seized more than 500 alleged ‘pirate’ Android devices.

PIPCU say that its investigation began in February 2016 after a broadcaster complained that modified devices were being sold both on the Internet and from a shop in Walthamstow. Details coming out of PIPCU are scarce but it’s possible that the broadcaster in question was either Sky TV and/or the Premier League, whose content is widely offered for streaming via these kinds of units.

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Oct 082015
 

An international network illegally distributing TV signals via satellite has been caught and shut down in an operation involving police in Brazil and Portugal.

The Judicial Police and the Brazilian authorities say they have dismantled the international criminal organisation that was dedicated to the unlawful distribution of satellite TV signals through ‘card-sharing*.’
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Aug 142015
 

Is watching UK TV in Spain legal?
A question that has confused expats living in Spain for several years.
And the answer is yes and no.
It all depends which UK TV channels, and how you watch them.

Is watching free to air UK TV channels like BBC ITV in Spain legal?

Firstly, the free to air UK TV channels like BBC ITV C4 and Fives.
It is not illegal to watch these channels via satellite direct from the broadcasters.

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Jul 192015
 

The UK Government has announced a new proposal to increase the maximum jail term for online piracy from two to ten years. According to the authorities longer prison sentences are needed to deter large-scale and commercial copyright infringement on the Internet.

In an effort to deter online piracy the UK Government is proposing to increase the maximum prison sentence for online copyright infringement to ten years.

The current maximum of two years is not enough to deter infringers, lawmakers argue.
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Jun 262015
 

Trading standards officers and police are carrying out a crackdown across England, Wales and Northern Ireland against those who offer pirate and counterfeit products via Facebook.

Interestingly, ‘pirate’ Android boxes have been targeted again, for streaming content illegally.

Facebook accounts are more and more being used as a way to distribute pirated content..

Operated by the National Trading Standards eCrime Team alongside the National Markets Group (with members the BPI, Federation against Copyright Theft and the Alliance for Intellectual Property Theft) Operation Jasper is manned by officers from police and government agencies and is reportedly the largest operation of its type. It is targeted at “criminals” who exploit social media to commit “copyright theft” and sell “dangerous and counterfeit” goods.

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Feb 212015
 

Sky Deutschland card sharing pirates convicted

Three criminal cases have issued fines and suspended prison sentences to operators of card sharing servers in Germany.

Card sharing allows illegal access to pay-TV services. These cases related to cardshareing for the Sky Deutschland satellite TV service.

The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) reports one case resulted in a suspended prison sentence of 1 year and 6 months plus a fine of €2,000 being imposed on the principal offender of a card sharing operation. The court stated in its decision that the card sharing operation which had 423 users caused damage of €430,000, creating an income of €143,000 for the card sharing server operator and a loss to the fiscal authority of €34,000.

Another case decreed that card sharing activity was computer fraud on a commercial scale; the fraud being committed jointly with the users. The court cases against the users are being handled locally at the place of residence of the users: the first ones have already been concluded with the users being convicted.

Sep 152014
 

Premier League in anti-piracy drive

The English Premier League has signed a new partnership with media protection company Irdeto in the latest move by the top division of English football to protect its intellectual property.

Irdeto will work with the Premier League in a number of areas, including a specific programme to investigate the illegal supply of set-top boxes that allow commercial organisations – including pubs and bars in the UK and overseas – to receive illegal streams of Premier League matches.

The League said the intelligence that Irdeto will provide will enhance its ability to obtain the evidence required to take legal action against suppliers of systems that allow illegal broadcasting of games.

The partnership will also allow the League, working closely with law enforcement organisations worldwide, to pursue actions against the criminal networks that are involved in the distribution of these illegal services.

The Premier League said Irdeto’s international presence will bring a “new dimension” to its anti-piracy work by allowing the League to target illegal suppliers in countries other than the UK.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore added: “It is only through legitimate investment in our broadcasting rights that we can put on a high quality football competition, and support and invest in all levels of English football and beyond.

“Piracy threatens that model and we are confident that our partnership with Irdeto – who have a proven track record in this area – will allow us to evolve and improve the way we guard against that threat for years to come.”

 

source: sportbusiness.com/sport-news/premier-league-partners-irdeto-anti-piracy-drive

Aug 172014
 

The Danish police in Mid and West Zealand Police searched 15 homes in search of evidence of a card-sharing ring.

The search was carried out on Wednesday, August 13, with the assistance of the National Danish Police Tech Crime Section and took primarily place in Køge municipality and a few addresses in North Zealand.

The searches were carried out at the request of STOP – Nordic Content Protection, an anti-piracy association representing among others Canal Digital and Viasat.

The police said in a statement that the mastermind is living in Køge. He was charged with violation of Penal Code § 299 b paragraph. 6 of particularly serious violations of the Law on Radio and Television Broadcasting, as he illegally distributed encryption codes to 15 recipients.

Beneficiaries risk being fined up to 20,000 kr. For violation of the Act on Radio and Television Broadcasting, as well as a claim of similar size from the pay TV operators.

In the searches, large quantities of illegal encryption equipment was seized.

“Police is looking very seriously at this kind of misuse of IT equipment to illegally gain access to pay-TV,” according to Police Commissioner Niels Kristoffersen of the Department Economic Crime in Central & West Sealand Police, “In the future there will be more actions against this kind of networks, costing TV industry millions each year in lost subscription revenue.

The maximum penalty for card sharing is up to one-and-a-half years in prison, in particularly serious cases this could rise to six years in prison.

 

 

source : broadbandtvnews.com/2014/08/15/danish-police-raid-15-homes-in-pirate-search/

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