On November 29, Leicestershire Police officers executed a warrant as part of a crackdown on illegal streaming services, arresting two people on suspicion of infringing copyright by communicating work. The arrests were announced by FACT, the UK-based Federation Against Copyright Theft.
A variety of equipment relating to the dissemination of paid-for TV services through internet protocol television (IPTV) was seized. They have since been released under investigation.
The IPTV service, which is believed to have provided illegal access to pay TV services, has since been shut down. Officers were also able to access the online platform, disable the illegal streams and display an on-screen message to users of the service warning them against further illegal streaming.
Read the FACT news release
Why it matters
Quoting from FACT, Detective Constable Aaron Horn of the Leicestershire Police Cyber Crime Unit, said: “I would like to take the opportunity to remind our communities that providing or accessing copyrighted material through illegitimate IPTV services is illegal. “We will continue to work with colleagues from organisations who provide legitimate paid-for TV services to crack down on those breaking the law,” he said.
Kieron Sharp, FACT CEO said: “We are pleased to support this action taken by Leicestershire Police, which sends a clear message not only to those facilitating this illegal activity but also to those choosing to consume content in this way.
“Providing illegal streaming services is a serious crime and consumers paying for these services should be aware that they are giving their money directly to criminals.”