A specialized cyber crime 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. The PIPCU has been “tasked with tackling offences committed via an online platform“, according to the article.
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. Authorities found an “industrial size streaming operation” in the suspect’s residence at the time of his arrest, according to the report. 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 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.