People Who Illegally Stream Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather Could Face Prison
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If you're planning on illegally streaming the Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather fight this weekend, perhaps you might want to have a quick read up on the Digital Economy Act, because you could land yourself in some serious bother if you get caught.
However, if that's not enough to put you off the idea, how about learning that the maximum sentence for illegal streaming in the UK since 2017 has been 10 years in prison and a hefty fine?
Now, that would be an incredibly harsh sentence, but that is the extent of the law, and there's a small chance that you could be made an example of.
Even the more lenient end of the sentencing could see a six-month suspended sentence and a £5,000 fine.
The law was largely created with the intent of stopping people from making businesses out of illegally streaming, or selling boxes designed for streaming illegal content, but there are a host of other reasons why you shouldn't do it.
For starters, you'll probably only succeed in destroying the device you're streaming on, as the vast majority of hooky streaming sites host a load of shady things behind the promise of free football or films.
Kieron Sharp, an ex-police officer and CEO of FACT, the leader in intellectual property protection in the UK, pointed out that a huge number of people in the UK know nothing about the potential problems that illegal streaming can cause.
He even pointed out that there are links to organised crime within the illegal streaming world.
Sharp said: "The hotly anticipated exhibition fight in Miami this Sunday between newcomer Jake Paul and veteran Floyd Mayweather - one of the most successful and decorated fighters in boxing history - should certainly make for interesting viewing!
"Many of Paul's estimated 20 million fans will be engaging with the sport for the first time and may be tempted to turn to illegal streaming to watch the fight.
"Fans may not be aware of the dangers of viewing boxing illegally, but they must understand the risks. Three out of five people in the UK (62 percent) are unaware that illegal streaming can lead to fraud, identity theft and malware - as well as links to criminal gangs.
"Cybersecurity firm Webroot recently found that 92 percent of illegal streaming sites used for sports piracy over a weekend in April were promoting a range of Bitcoin scams, mobile apps scams and malware threats - so it's clear how prominent the threat is to unsuspecting users.
"Consumers should know that piracy originates from sophisticated, unlawful enterprises that put money directly in the pockets of criminal gangs.
"This is not a grey area - viewing the bout through the official providers is the only way to watch it legally and avoid putting yourself and your family at risk."
FACT also pointed to the case of Craig Mountjoy, who is the latest to fall afoul of sharing streams online.
He streamed the fight between David Haye and Tony Bellew on Facebook Live, as well as Bellew's fight against Oleksandr Usyk, and was landed with a Court Order against him, as well as thousands of pounds in costs and damages.
So, if you want to watch the fight, you'd be best advised to just buy it outright. While it's rare that prosecutions are made against those who watch illegal streams, the scope is definitely there to enforce the law, and the punishments could be severe.
On top of that, your devices will thank you, as they won't get wrecked.