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A dealer of illegal Internet protocol TV (IPTV) services has been jailed by Dubai Courts, as part of a crackdown on content piracy in the UAE.

The man was sentenced to three months in prison and fined AED50,000 for selling IP888 TV services, primarily to western expatriates in the Emirate.

The conviction comes after UKTV Abroad, was fined AED50,000 for distributing pirated feeds of TV channels from the UK via its unauthorised IPTV service.

David Butorac, CEO of Dubai-based pay-TV company OSN, which is heavily involved in the fight against content piracy in the Middle East, welcomed the news.

“The conviction is a strong message to all illegal TV service providers that the government and authorities take copyright infringement seriously. Distributing IPTV service in the UAE is illegal and customers must also be vigilant against accessing such service. We will take strong action and work with the concerned authorities to curb all forms of piracy that impact the industry,” said Butorac.

Omar Obeidat, partner and head of intellectual property at law firm Al Tamimi & Co, added: “The UAE is stringent in its IPR laws, and the nation is committed to protecting the legal rights of businesses. TV piracy is increasingly becoming a menace that impacts the industry adversely. It is important that every stakeholder realises that TV piracy of any form will not be tolerated and stern action will be meted out to its perpetrators.”

OSN leads the Do the Right Thing campaign, and has worked with authorities to conduct 213 raids across the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar to help curb the distribution of illegal TV services.