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3 Individuals Arrested for Pirate IPTV Copyright Infringement

Three more individuals have been arrested for suspicion of copyright infringement by authorities in the UK.

Just a few weeks ago we saw four IPTV operators sentenced to prison for distributing copyrighted material and money laundering.

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Another IPTV arrest is in the news… This time it was three men located in Northern England who were in the crosshairs of UK authorities.

As reported by TorrentFreak, The North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) collaborated with Lancashire Police in a joint operation on March 23, 2022, by executing three search warrants on pirate IPTV suspects.

The authorities raided three addresses in Oldham, Kirkham, and Blackpool and seized equipment pertaining to the “provision” of a pirate IPTV service offering copyrighted content.

Three individuals were then arrested on the suspicion of criminal copyright infringement and were later released under investigation.

What is the IPTV Service?

Unfortunately, the police did not provide any additional information about the name of the IPTV service, the roles of the individuals, or whether they were directly involved in operating an IPTV service themselves.

While it’s not mentioned which broadcasters are involved behind the scenes in this investigation, one would assume the English Premier League, BT Sport, or Sky has this case on their radar.

If the individuals are eventually prosecuted these broadcasters will likely claim to be the victims of fraud, as these cases carry longer prison sentences.

You can view the official press release of this story below.

North West Regional Organised Crime Unit – Press Release

Something interesting to note – The report on TorrentFreak also mentions that The North West Regional Organised Crime Unit is one of the groups responsible for shutting down the once-popular “Supremacy” Kodi repository.

Overall, it appears copyright authorities from around the world are continuing to crack down harder on pirate IPTV operations.

This isn’t the first or last time we have seen IPTV operators in the crosshairs of authorities:

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