UK: Seller of illicit streamers gets two years in prison

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UK anti-piracy organization FACT reports that a West Yorkshire seller of 2,500 illicit streaming devices and their associated illegal streaming subscriptions has been sentenced to two years in jail.

The pirate, Paul Jaques, made about £200,000 from selling devices via eBay between 2015 and 2019. “The sums involve(d) … underline just how much harm online piracy causes to the creative economy, which supports millions of jobs in this country,” said Assistant Chief Constable Pete O’Doherty, the UK’s national policing leader for IP crime.

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Read the details via FACT

Why it matters

In the UK, fines and jail sentences have become a fairly standard means of dealing with pirates who sell infringing services using illicit streaming devices as channels of distribution.

FACT’s news release also reminds us of other recent cases, including the arrest of a cop caught moonlighting as a pirate in June.

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