As we know, in 2022, being the administrator of (even supposedly) an illegal site, let alone an IPTV platform, is not really a good position. Surely, these sites can make huge profits. But in the event of an arrest – and to be perfectly clear, this is inevitable – not only do these people lose everything they own, but as a bonus, the people concerned often end up in jail for a certain amount of time. Huh.
Rights holders’ associations have also been particularly aggressive in this area for several months, increasing formal notices to those responsible for such a platform connecting all the points. Recently, for example, we learned that ACE and the US MPA are already preparing several months in advance for an operation that risks destroying more than 25 torrent and IPTV sites.
This IPTV admin has a choice: either pay around £1m or double his prison sentence
The fact is that we speak relatively little about what exactly is harmed by those responsible for this type of illegal business. Our colleagues at TorrentFreak thus report the case of Steven King and two acolytes Paul Rolston and Daniel Malone. The latter operated primarily in the United Kingdom and provided turnkey illegal IPTV solutions … directly to pubs that did not want to pay for sports subscriptions.
The activities of the three sidekicks went through the sites DreamBoxTV.co.uk and YourFootie.com. But the Premier League, with the help of anti-piracy association FACT, filed a complaint and sought the identification of those responsible. Thus, after investigation, we came to know that the three friends were carrying out this activity for ten years. Thus their businesses would have generated £5 million in turnover.
It must be said that in addition to sales reach, the latter also sold ready-to-use boxes – which nevertheless infringed on the intellectual property rights of more than 20 broadcasters. This is how Steven King Paul Rolston and Daniel Malone appeared before the judges. Steven King was quickly named as the “brain” of the operation and therefore received the heaviest sentence: 88 months (more than 7 years) in prison – part of which, however, meanwhile turned into a suspended sentence. seems to have been given. , Paul Rolston, as an accomplice, receives a close sentence – six years and four months.
As far as Daniel Malone is concerned, he is out for the lightest sentence possible: three years and three months. But lo and behold investigation revealed the fact that the £5 million business did not go to deaf ears. The Premier League quickly thought about how to recover at least part of the money. Three years after the first 2019 decision, the firm successfully relied on a British law called crime act proceedings (2002).
In this context, the court has increased the pressure against Steven King: “The Court of Warsaw ordered the confiscation of the proceeds of criminal activity” [de Steven King], The defendant could either pay £963,000 within three months, or extend his prison sentence to six years and eight months. , In other words, failing to pay this amount, the defendant now risks, three years after the first verdict, double his sentence.
Released, the defendant must hand over his passport to the police within 28 days and is prohibited from leaving the United Kingdom. At the moment, we don’t know whether the person concerned will pay – although it can be more complicated to get a waiver of sentences if necessary. For its part, the Premier League welcomes the court’s decision, but refuses to take the money outright. Instead, the firm wants the amount recovered to be refunded “Public entities, including law enforcement, to help continue their extraordinary work of bringing such persons to justice”.
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