The Criminal Court of Malaga has issued an “historic” ruling for the defence of the audiovisual rights of La Liga clubs, with fines and compensation of almost €500,000 imposed on the members of a network dedicated to the sale of decoders with pirated content.
The sentence imposes the sentence of six months in prison as well as a €40,000 fine. In addition, the operation must pay €200,000 compensation to Mediapro, €200,000 compensation to La Liga and €20,000 to producer rights body EGEDA. The three private charges will also incur €10,000 for the procedural costs that have been generated.
The condemned company has also agreed to regularise its situation and become a client of the legitimate licensees of the contents.
The pirate TV network operated in the areas of Benalmádena, Estepona, Fuengirola, Guadacorte, Guadiaro, Marbella, Mijas, Málaga and Torremolinos. It has some 5,000 customers who paid approximately €47 each per month.
The news follows last week’s record fine imposed on a huge pirate TV network in Spain.