A while ago, two persons in the United Kingdom decided it was a good idea to setup a shop and sell Android TV boxes promising free access to premium content like the Premier League football matches with a one-time purchase of the hardware. Of course they did that with a TV box with some piracy add-ons and/or apps, and when The Premier League found out they brought a prosecution against the two.
The court case has been going on for several month, and the UK court has announced its verdict: The main accused was sentenced to four years in prison, while his associate pleaded guilty and received a two-year suspended prison sentence, both convicted for Conspiracy to Defraud.
That’s the first sentencing of IPTV boxes in England, and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT)’d director declared that ” today’s result should send a hard-hitting message to anyone involved in selling illegally modified set-top boxes”. There’s no word to what will happen to customers of the boxes, which included individuals, but also businesses like pubs, but the article on Advanced Television appears to indicate the organization involved in the court case, FACT and the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) will focus on sellers rather than consumers.
Thanks to theguyuk for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.