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Spain’s national police force has raided a store in Malaga, owned by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) suspected of hosting a pirate IPTV streaming business.

premier leagueThrough a collaborative effort with Premier League and Irdeto, investigations revealed that the ISP Y-Internet was being run by two UK citizens and providing unauthorised online subscription services featuring over 100 international pay-TV channels, including Premier League matches.

Y-Internet sold illegal IPTV service packages with annual contracts to the large ex-pat population in Malaga, including hotels, pubs and individuals. The contracts included set-top boxes adapted to receive decrypted pay-TV signals without authorisation.

The investigation was initiated by the Premier League as part of a global crack down on illegal online redistribution of its live broadcasts. Irdeto’s team worked closely with the Spanish national police force to gather information and evidence leading to the raid.

When they entered the shop, the agents were confronted with strong security measures, including a surveillance system that allowed the owners to supervise the employees from the UK. The raid alerted the owners who tried to remotely delete and destroy files, payment transactions and clients’ records.

The raids conducted by the Spanish authorities are a positive example of law enforcement taking piracy and IP infringement seriously,” said, Kevin Plumb, Premier League director of legal services. “This approach is essential for organisations like the Premier League as our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect intellectual property.”

“We will continue to work closely with our customers, partners and law enforcement agencies to detect, analyse, investigate and counter all types of piracy affecting on-demand and live real-time content,” added Mark Mulready, senior director, cyber services & investigations at Irdeto.

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