UK police take “unprecedented step” in clamping down on piracy

Thousands of Brits believed to have been using illegal TV streaming services have been contacted by police.  In association with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary have taken what is described as an “unprecedented step” to issue individual warning notices to thousands of subscribers to a service called GE Hosting. GE […]

FACT action leads to shutdown of 17 piracy operations

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has announced that its actions have resulted in the shutdown of 17 separate pirate operations. The body said that a number of individuals who were selling Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) and providing illegal streams via websites and social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have immediately halted their […]

Three Irish pubs ordered to pay Sky fines

Three Irish pubs have been ordered to pay damages for illegally showing Sky Sports in their venues. The River Lane, the Joshua Tree and the Bridge, all in Cork, have been fined €18,444, €17,500 and €14,688 respectively for publicly showing Sky broadcasts without a commercial licence. In addition, the venues have been made to pay […]

English Premier League secures order to block pirate servers

A UK court has required service providers including Sky, BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, plusnet and EE to block and disrupt servers that host illegal streams of English Premier League football matches.  The England and Wales High Court has granted an order that will forced the service providers to block servers distributing illicit streams for entirety […]

FACT: illicit streaming boxes a fire risk

Illicit streaming devices in the UK market present a significant fire risk to users, according to a study by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and Electrical Safety First. According to the study, 100% of illicit boxes entering the UK market fail to meet national electrical safety regulations. None of the illicit streaming devices that […]

Over a million illegal streaming boxes sold in UK since 2015

More than one million illegal set-top boxes that allow users to stream content illegally have been sold in the UK over the past two years, according to a new report from IP protection body FACT UK. The report, titled ‘Cracking Down on Digital Piracy’, gathers insights from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), FACT, City of […]

Five arrested in UK clampdown on illegal TV set-top boxes

Five people have been arrested in North West of England as part of a crackdown on the sale and distribution of illegal TV set-top devices. UK’s intellectual property protection organisation, FACT, instigated the action on behalf the Premier League, Sky, BT Sport and Virgin Media. The raids on the homes of the suspects turned up […]