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Convicted streamer flees UK

Michael Hornung, who was convicted of selling set-top boxes giving illegal access to Sky TV, BT Sport and Virgin Media, has fled to Cyprus. Hornung is estimated to have made around £350,000 (€409,000) by selling some 2,700 devices over a three-year period across Greater Manchester in the northwest of England. UK intellectual property protection organisation […]

June 17, 2022By Colin Mann

Illicit streaming fraudsters jailed

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards has welcomed a successful outcome in the courts relating to the illegal streaming of copyright material. Following a detailed investigation led by the County Council’s Trading Standards officers working in collaboration with UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT and National Trading Standards, four individuals were sentenced on March 18th 2022, […]

March 24, 2022By Colin Mann

Brook v Khan fight anti-piracy warning

Ahead of the Kell Brook v Amir Khan catchweight fight this weekend, only available in the UK via Sky Sports Box Office, Kieron Sharp, CEO of intellectual property protection body FACT has highlighted the dangers of illegal streaming. “Ending one of Britain’s longest standing grudges, the Kell Brook v Amir Khan fight this weekend is […]

February 17, 2022By Colin Mann

Eubank Jr vs Williams anti-piracy warning

In advance of the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams middleweight bout on February 5th, only available in the UK on Sky Sports Boxing, Kieron Sharp, CEO of intellectual property protection body FACT, has warned of the danger fans face if they choose to stream the event illegally. “With an exciting fight coming up this […]

February 4, 2022

NFL Playoffs illegal streaming warning

Fans of American Football who may be tempted to watch the coming weekend’s NFL Playoff games – exclusive to Sky Sports in the UK – through illegal means, rather than via the proper channels, are being warned of the risk that they are taking when watching illegal streams, and that they are exposing themselves and […]

January 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Fact checkers: YouTube fails on fake news

YouTube spreads disinformation and misinformation worldwide and is not doing enough to tackle fake news on its platform, according to a global coalition of fact checking organisations. A letter signed by more than 80 groups, including Full Fact in the UK, says the platform is hosting content by groups which spread Covid misinformation, and videos […]

January 12, 2022

Illegal streaming crackdown disrupts IPTV service

Worcester Trading Standards officers aided by West Mercia Police, in partnership with UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT and BT, executed a warrant on December 14th as part of the continuing fight against illegal streaming. Officers visited two addresses in Worcester and seized a variety of equipment relating to the provision of internet protocol television […]

December 14, 2021By Colin Mann

Morgan, Sniderman to retire from Litton Entertainment

Dave Morgan, founder, president and chief executive officer, and Pete Sniderman, chief operating officer, of Litton Entertainment, will retire from their positions at year’s end. With 32 series and hundreds of hours of Emmy Award-winning programming annually on leading broadcast station groups including the ABC stations, and networks including CBS, NBC, Telemundo and The CW, […]

December 3, 2021

Arrests in illegal IPTV crackdown

Officers from Leicestershire Police in the UK’s East Midlands have executed a warrant as part of a crackdown on illegal streaming services. Police visited an address in Oadby and two people – a man aged 33 and a 48-year-old woman – were arrested on suspicion of infringing copyright by communicating work. A variety of equipment […]

November 30, 2021By Colin Mann

Jail term for pirate software developer

In what is understood to be the first conviction of its type in the UK, a man who created and built a software package which enabled illegal access to BT Sport, Sky, Netflix and other subscription television content has been sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment. The software package or, ‘build’ he created […]

November 30, 2021By Colin Mann