Feb 122016

A German court has imposed a one-year prison sentence on a 53-year old man because of the illegal distribution of access to pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland through the internet.

The verdict marks the first sentence regarding this type of IT and communication crime (cybercrime) and can thus be regarded as a landmark for similar cases in future, according to Sky Deutschland.

The pirate had illegally distributed Sky Deutschland channels via the internet by running a so-called card-sharing server and selling access to it. He was convicted of computer fraud in conjunction with exposing data and circumventing technical protection measures. Based on the results of joint investigation of the case by Sky and Nagravision, the manufacturer of one of the security systems used by Sky at the time of the offence, the district attorney of Verden initiated prosecution proceedings and subsequently filed suit. Both Sky and Nagravision were joint plaintiffs at the trial.

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