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The UK authorities have chalked up another successful prosecution of a pay-TV pirate with an individual being jailed after having been found guilty of selling illicit streaming devices pre-loaded with premium content.

Sky 9 august 2018After pleading guilty on 4 May 2018 at Blackburn Magistrates' Court, to an offence of knowingly participating in a fraudulent business, contrary to section 9 of the Fraud Act 2006 on Warren Gleave was sentenced by Burnley Crown Court to 16 months in prison and immediately taken into custody.

Over a three-year period, Gleave unlawfully made in excess of £200,000 by selling, via online marketplaces and his own website, streaming devices that were pre-loaded with Sky and other premium content that had been sourced illegally.

Commenting on the prosecution, Matthew Hibbert, head of litigation at Sky said: ““This case sends a clear message that piracy, in whatever form it takes, is illegal, and the repercussions for engaging in it can be severe.” Added Gareth Minty, legal director at leading legal firm Mishcon de Reya: “More than ever, those who are illegally engaging in piracy are in jeopardy of being detected, prosecuted and convicted. Private prosecutions are being used increasingly by rights holders, which means it is no longer just the police and other state authorities investigating and prosecuting these crimes.”

The prosecution is just the  the latest example of the law reaching into social media to protect content owners. On 10 August a UK citizen  received a court order against him after being found to be selling IPTV subscriptions and pre-loaded illicit streaming devices on Facebook Marketplace. On 19 July 2018, an English court granted a High Court Order that will require the UK’s major internet service providers – principally Sky, BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, plusnet and EE – to block and disrupt servers that host illegal streams of the Premier League’s matches across the whole of the forthcoming football season.