Three men jailed for 17 years for offering illegal streaming of Premier League football

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Mar 2019 11:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Dreambox TV offered pubs the chance to show Premier League football matches at a discount price (Picture: Getty)‘The custodial sentences issued here reflect the seriousness and the scale of the crimes.‘Using these services is unlawful and fans should be aware that when they do so they enter into agreements with illegal businesses. They also risk being victims of fraud or identity theft by handing over personal data and financial details.‘The Premier League’s investment into cutting edge technology, combined with wide-ranging anti-piracy actions such as the one here today and the continuing landmark blocking injunction, means that it has never been more difficult for football piracy to operate in the UK.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors The Premier League has been cracking down on illegal streaming services (Picture: Getty)Three men have been jailed for a total of 17 years having been found guilty of offering illegal streaming services, allowing customers to watch Premier League football matches at a discount price on the internet.Steven King has been sentenced to seven years and four months’ in prison, while Paul Rolston received six years and four months, and Daniel Malone will serve three years and three months.According to FACT, an intellectual property protection organisation in the UK, these are some of the longest sentences ever issued for piracy-related crimes.FACT Director General, Kieron Sharp, said: ‘The result of this case demonstrates that the illegal streaming of, and illegal access to, Premier League football is a serious crime.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe guilty trio received money from over 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes in England and Wales, under the names Dreambox, Dreambox, TV Limited and Digital Switchover Limited.These services allowed the pubs, clubs and homes to view pay-TV without paying broadcasters.Kevin Plumb, Premier League Director of Legal Services, said: ‘Today’s decision has provided further evidence that the law will catch up with companies and individuals that defraud rights owners and breach copyright. Three men jailed for 17 years for offering illegal streaming of Premier League football Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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