Italy: Blocking order cuts off 50,000 consumers from pirate site

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Based on preliminary evidence that was presented to it by Sky Italia and the Serie A football league, the Provincial Command of the Guardia di Finanza of Milan (GDF Milano), in collaboration with the Computer Crimes unit of the local police, developed a case against a piracy site and blocked it pre-emptively.

The investigation found that the piracy operation was selling illicit streaming devices around the country, which enabled access to encrypted TV programming over virtual private networks.  Three individuals involved in the operation were asked to identify about 50,000 consumers that were using the service.

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Pirate programming lineup. Source: GDF Milano

Read the original news release by GDF Milano (Translated from original Italian by Google Translate)

Article 171 of Italy’s Copyright Law provides a framework for citing and punishing those who engage in the infringing use of intellectual property.

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