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27 Year Old Arrested Over Illegal Streaming Sites



/ 2 years ago

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A 27 year old man from Manchester has been arrested by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) on suspicion of running multiple illegal websites that stream premium sports. The series of sites is said to have allowed unlawful free access to pay TV services such as SkySports in an operation so big that its “freebies” add up to more than £10 million in lost subscription fees.

Detectives on the scene said they discovered an “industrial size streaming operation”. There were 12 servers streaming multiple sporting events from around the globe. Naturally all of the equipment was confiscated by the police and the suspect taking into custody for questioning. Given the scale of the operation and the fact that he was caught sitting there with it all streaming around him, I’d say this guy is pretty screwed on many counts of piracy.

“Not only is there a significant loss to industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV services when others cheat the system,” said DCI Danny Medlycott, the newly appointed Head of PIPCU.

Since the PIPCU unit launched in September last year it has been targeting online services such as this, only last month  it arrested a 20 year old on suspicion of running a proxy server and we expect we’ll be hearing from this team in the near future as they continue clamping down on illegal online activities.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information.

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  • Xavier Isaacson

    “it is also unfair that millions of people
    work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV
    services when others cheat the system”

    This is the biggest, most insulting sentence these idiots have thus far managed to spawn. What they are really saying is that:

    “Millions of poorly paid, hard working people have no other choice but to spend that hard earned money paying for over-priced, poorly delivered and semi-functional services in order to watch sports that used to be free, because we at Sky have bribed our way into being sole providers for those sports and we don’t want anyone to try and provide that same service for the original price of zero.”

    There is no, factual, proven way of determining how much money (if any) is lost through piracy, and to have the British Police Force reinforcing this fiction as fact is disgusting. While I understand that piracy is not a victimless crime, I think it is about time the British took stock of where they are headed with this, and that they should seek to halt this nonsense in its tracks.

  • Wayne

    Shame. My heart bleeds for SkySports, they’re really struggling along. If I were the judge in this case I’d shake this guys hand.
    Who in their right mind would pay for overpriced subscription based TV when they can get the same thing for free?
    As for SkySports, they can go to hell.

  • AndyM

    Maybe Sky shouldn’t be charging so bloody much then. Seriously, do they not realise that their prices are ludicrous? The main reason people pirate is due to people setting prices stupidly high.

    And it’s not like Sky isn’t making enough money already so the “lost” subscription fees aren’t exactly lost.
    You can’t lose what you don’t have.