Thai court orders fines and prison for illegal UK football streaming to expats

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A Thai court fined a British citizen and a Thai local of about $560,000 for theft and illegal streaming of English Premier League matches in Asia. The defendents also surrendered $7 million baht (equivalent to more than $230k) and given suspended prison terms. The original charges were presented to these individuals plus an additional British citizen, who skipped bail and remains at large with an outstanding arrest warrant.

The Premier League estimates that each stolen match results in the loss of £1 million in revenue to pirates.

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Read the entire article via Morung Express (Thailand).

Why it matters

Theft and redistribution of stolen content is not only a local market phenomenon. In this case, pirates were targeting UK football for European expats residing in Asian countries. Piracy knows no national boundaries.

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