Police are Crack Down on Sale of and Use of Illegal Streaming TV Boxes




PoliceUK Police in Scotland along with the UK Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) have started a crackdown on UK Pubs use of streaming boxes loaded with programs and add-ons to stream movies, sports, and TV shows, along with sales of such boxes.

The Scotland Police spokesman said: “As of today we estimated about 500 Pubs might be involved, but today’s investigation has suggested it could be thousands.”

“This is undoubtedly the biggest operation of its kind in the world in terms of recovery. It’s a process that’s been done elsewhere but not on this scale, this is the biggest.”

During the interview FACT’s spokesperson argued that streaming is not a victimless crime and it could mean higher subscription rates for honest businesses and customers.

Kieron Sharp, FACT’s director general, said: “Pub landlords, as well as the general public, need to be aware that IPTV and set-top boxes with apps and add-ons allowing the streaming of pirated TV, sports and films are very much illegal.”

“Content theft deprives businesses and individuals of an honest livelihood and so on behalf of our members.”

“FACT will continue to work with police forces across the UK to crack down on the illegal sale of these boxes.”

Alison Dolan, deputy managing director of Sky Business, said: “We work hard to protect the investment of our customers and we therefore support action to stop illegal suppliers who threaten their businesses.”

Many are watching FACTs new move with great interests as a possible example for how to crack down on streaming piracy. As torrenting has become more difficult, more people have moved over to streaming.

Source: STV News


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