Scotland: Illegal streaming arrest
June 13, 2022
By Colin Mann
Police Scotland has made an arrest following an operation to tackle illegal television streaming.
Officers executed a search warrant at a property in Millennium Court Glasgow and seized a number of items in relation to copyright crime.
A 49 year-old man was arrested and charged with offences under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
“This operation is an excellent example of how partnership working can tackle criminals conducting intellectual property crime,” declared Detective Inspector Andy MacLean. “This type of crime is taken seriously and one man has been arrested. Together with our partners, we’re determined to crack down on those who are involved in defrauding the television, film and sport industry, and bring them to justice.”
“We supported Police Scotland in taking this action, which not only blocks access to a prolific source of stolen Sky content, but ultimately helps keep consumers safe from the very real risks of accessing content in this way,” added Matt Hibbert, Sky’s Director of Anti-Piracy, UK & Ireland.
“We welcome the action taken by Police Scotland, and are hugely supportive of their efforts to tackle illegal streaming,” stated Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the Cinch SPFL.
“We’ve just seen the conclusion of another thrilling season, and as we look ahead to the 2022/23 campaign, it’s important that we do everything we can to protect customers who invest in legitimate subscriptions and support the major investment which Sky, our broadcast partners, are putting into the game.”