The war on piracy never ends, with the latest battle seeing a British man fined £16,000 for making money from illegally streaming Sky Sports. This is yet another attempt for the UK to crack down on measures to protect copyrighted content.
The Independent reports of Mr Yusuf Mohammad, a Bristol born man recently ordered to pay £16,000 by the UK High Court. This decision is paired with Yusuf being required to disclose any and all information on the money he made during the illegal streaming of Sky Sports content, alongside details on those he had contact with regarding the operation.
Naturally, UK intellectual property protection body FACT is pleased with the decision, with its CEO Kieron Sharp openly stating: “This is the latest action taken in the ongoing crackdown on illegal digital piracy. It should now be crystal clear to anyone thinking of pirating or watching a pirated stream that this is not a grey area and that it is illegal.”
This sentiment echoes Judge Peter Armstrong, who took on board Brian Thompson’s guilty plea after distributing large quantities of fully-loaded Kodi boxes, handing him an 18-month suspension. Armstrong said:
“If anyone was under any illusion as to whether such devices as these, fully loaded Kodi boxes, were illegal or not, they can no longer be in any doubt. I’ve come to the conclusion that in all the circumstances, an immediate custodial sentence is not called for. As a warning to others in future, they may not be so lucky.”
KitGuru Says: A lot of Britons still access digital material illegally and don’t fully understand the ramifications of such an action. Currently, the UK government is pushing 10-year jail sentences regarding piracy, making it look a lot less worth it in the long run.