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A specialized cybercrime police unit in the United Kingdom has recently arrested a 27-year-old man on "_suspicion_" of illegally operating "_sports streaming websites_, "according to a recent article published on the IT Pro Portal website. The article indicates that the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), a newly deployed organization, was responsible for the arrest of the Manchester resident. According to the article, the PIPCU has been "_tasked with tackling offenses committed via an online platform_ "
The report indicates that the accused is suspected of "_operating a number of sites enabling unlawful free access to pay-TV services_ "which, according to estimates, may have contributed to a loss of approximately £10 million for the subscription service provider. According to the report, the authorities found an "_industrial size streaming operation_" in the suspect's residence at the time of his arrest. The streaming equipment, including "_12 computer servers used for streaming high-profile global sporting events_" was confiscated by the PIPCU. The article indicates that this arrest was the "_unit's third arrest in relation to online streaming."'
Head of the PIPCU, DCI Danny Medlycott, was quoted in the article to say, "_Not only is there a significant loss to the industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV services when others cheat the system._" Medlycott's comments in the article clarify that operating websites that stream content illegally "_affects more than just the copyright holders_" but the average viewer who wishes to pay for the service.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / September 3, 2014