Sky’s head of litigation made a rather surprising statement at an industry convention in Macau this week. Matthew Hibbert told those in attendance that thanks to site-blocking, it’s no longer possible to watch pirated live soccer in the UK anymore. Meanwhile, the UK Intellectual Property Office has revealed that when questioned a while back, rightsholders told them that pirate boxes weren’t a problem. How things change.
A Sky customer who illegally streamed Sky Sports content via a piracy blog has been ordered to pay £16,000 in legal costs to the broadcaster. UK-based Yusuf Mohammed has also been ordered to provide the personal details of his co-conspirators while revealing how much he made from his activities. As yet unspecified damages payable to Sky are also part of the order.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft, in conjunction with the police and Intellectual Property Office, has released a new report on the state of Internet piracy in the UK. Estimates suggest that at least a million set-top devices providing access to pirated material have been sold over the past two years, with 25% of the public consuming illicit content overall.
Aside from distributing content or having a successful website, most pirates want to stay a step ahead of authorities and companies dedicated to their demise. In a new report detailing the role social media plays in spreading unlicensed content, anti-piracy outfit FACT reveals the key things pirates do to hinder their investigations.
The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its new IP Crime Report containing the usual recap of the year’s battles in the copyright arena. It also offers some interesting insights from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and Crown Prosecution Service.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft recently suggested it could go after people who use ‘pirate’ set-top boxes at home. Such prosecutions are potentially tricky under UK copyright law so chances of success could be slim. However, FACT is actually eyeing the Fraud Act 2006. Could that work?
UK anti-piracy group FACT is doing its best to scare anyone who goes near a pirate Kodi add-on. After sellers of pirate boxes and add-on developers, streaming users are now on notice as well. It’s a scary proposition but threatening talk is much easier than action.