4 IPTV Service Operators Sentenced to Prison Totaling Over 10 Years
Four former IPTV service operators have received prison sentences totaling over 10 years in the UK.
These four individuals involved in the illegal streaming of copyrighted material were convicted of money laundering and fraud for offenses against BT Sport and Sky.
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As reported by TorrentFreak, these four individuals were sentenced at Southampton Crown Court after being convicted in connection with IPTV services and copyrighted material, including content owned by BT Sport and Sky Sports.
Although no specific service or name is mentioned, authorities suggested looking into an online handle named “MIKEY1234” who was involved in several related forums.
This “MIKEY1234” handle was also found to be involved in the development and distribution of Kodi addons that promoted access to copyrighted content.
An anti-piracy organization in the UK called FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) eventually traced the MIKEY1234 handle to four individuals.
FACT then released the names of the four individuals being convicted and their Chief Executive, Kieron Sharp, stated the following on this situation:
“The individuals sentenced were involved in running a criminal enterprise that generated substantial profits with no regard for the rights of content owners. FACT continues to pursue those operating illegal streaming services who risk criminal convictions and forfeiture of assets.”
You can view the official press release of this story below.
Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Press Release
*Note: We found this site to be geo-blocked and had to connect to a VPN server in the UK to access it.
This isn’t the first or last time we have seen IPTV operators in the crosshairs of authorities:
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