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Pay-TV operator Foxtel has applauded the conviction of a Sydney man for illegally siphoning its content and selling it to more than 8,000 people across Australia.

FOXTEL logo 10 August 2017Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33, was convicted of criminal offences relating to charges of operating an illegal network that allowed people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free.

A Sydney court handed Al Baghdadi an 18 month suspended jail term for carrying out the offences.

The conviction came following anti-piracy investigations between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Foxtel investigators, and digital platform security company Irdeto.

“Foxtel welcomes today’s court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal. Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love,” said Foxtel’s CEO Peter Tonagh.

“Foxtel conducts ongoing investigations into the theft of Foxtel programming and we are proud to work so closely with the AFP and our partners at Irdeto to ensure the full force of the law is applied to protect our content.”

Rory O’Connor, senior vice president of Cybersecurity Services at Irdeto, added: “This conviction is another step forward in the global fight against online piracy. The seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated. Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice”.