The Premier League, the highest level of professional football in England, was successful in its lawsuit against Paul Faulkner, a Liverpool citizen who operated the pirate service TV Solutions, offering entertainment and sports content without paying the rights to them.
After being the target of an investigation by the Premier League and FACT, a leading British intellectual property protection organization, Faulkner pleaded guilty before the Liverpool Crown Court. The Court sentenced him to 16 months in prison.
“Mr. Faulkner pleaded guilty to both the illegal supply of content and his own use of the service to view content that he should have been paying to view,” the league said in a statement.
“The judge recognized that Faulkner’s use of the unauthorized service was a separate crime in itself. This was reflected in him receiving a separate four-month prison sentence for using the service,” the Premier League detailed.
As the league noted, even though the defendant sold access to his service on social media platforms as a secondary source of income, the judge “made it clear that this case was a sophisticated fraud carried out over a period of time. significant, aggravated by the involvement of virtual private networks (VPNs) “.
“This ruling demonstrates once again that the courts take piracy crimes seriously and that there are significant consequences for criminals involved in all forms of piracy,” said Kevin Plumb, General Counsel of the Premier League. “Legal action will be taken against those who provide unauthorized access to Premier League football, regardless of the size or scale of the hacking operation.”
Source: Premier League
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