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Former Scotland Yard Detective joins FACT

FACT, the specialist in IP protection. has announced the appointment of Neil Whitbread as its new Investigations Manager. With a distinguished background as a former Scotland Yard Detective, Whitbread brings over two decades of expertise in specialist serious and organised crime units. His experience includes leading complex investigations and managing intelligence and critical risks across […]

November 13, 2023

Record jail terms for EPL pirates

The individuals behind three pirate streaming organisations, which offered illegal access to watch Premier League matches, have been jailed for a total of 30 years and 7 months. In what is understood to be the world’s largest-ever prosecution of an illegal streaming network, five people were sentenced at Chesterfield Justice Centre after being found guilty […]

May 31, 2023By Colin Mann

Licensees fined for Sky Sport piracy

Barry Stapleton and Michaela Stapleton, the Licensees of the Devonport Arms in Paignton, Devon in the southwest of England, have been found guilty, in their absence, of three offences related to the dishonest broadcast of Sky televised programming. UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT brought the criminal prosecution against the Licensees at Plymouth Magistrates Court, […]

May 30, 2023By Colin Mann

Anti-IP piracy efforts rewarded

UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT has recognised police and Trading Standards for outstanding contributions towards combatting intellectual property crime. FACT’s Excellence Awards acknowledge the exceptional efforts of police and other law enforcement individuals across the UK for their support in the fight against piracy. An awards ceremony in the city of Birmingham, honoured a […]

April 21, 2023By Colin Mann

Ireland: IPTV pirates targeted

Action is being taken across Ireland to crack down on illegal streaming. Legal warnings are being delivered in person, by post, and by email to individuals across the country involved in providing illegal access to premium TV content, including from Sky and the Premier League. The cease-and-desist notices instruct those running the services to immediately […]

March 10, 2023By Colin Mann

£8k+ fine for Sky Sports piracy

Clinton Hartland, licensee of The Watering Trough pub in Walsall, West Midlands has been found guilty in his absence of two offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission. In this case, Hartland televised Sky Sports football matches, with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable commercial subscription charge. Sky Sports is only available […]

February 3, 2023By Colin Mann

UK agencies issue pirate streaming warnings

Throughout January 2023, UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT and police are visiting homes across the UK, serving notices to individuals to cease illegal streaming activities with immediate effect and informing users of the associated risks, which include criminal prosecution. Over 1,000 individuals have been identified following raids by West Mercia Police in the UK […]

January 10, 2023By Colin Mann

Research highlights festive season streaming threat

Research from UK intellectual property protection organisation FACT has revealed that TV and film entertainment sits at the heart of many Brits’ Christmases, with 54 per cent relying on it to keep the family entertained. While this comes as no surprise, the research also shows that almost a quarter (23 per cent) of consumers will […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Fury vs Chisora fight anti-piracy warning

Ahead of the Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora heavyweight bout on December 3rd, only available in the UK via BT Sport Box Office, Kieron Sharp, CEO of UK intellectual property protection body FACT, has highlighted the dangers of illegal streaming. “As anticipation grows ahead of the boxing match between the return of Tyson Fury and […]

November 29, 2022By Colin Mann

Premier League pirate faces jail term

A UK man who ran an operation offering illegal access to Premier League football has received a suspended eight-month prison sentence. Peter Dilworth, from Wirral, Merseyside, in the northwest of England, who operated a service offering illegal access to sports and entertainment content appeared in Liverpool Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to the charges brought […]

November 3, 2022By Colin Mann