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Man Jailed For Illegally Streaming Premier League Matches

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Man Jailed For Illegally Streaming Premier League Matches

A man has been jailed for illegally streaming Premier League matches.

Paul Faulkner appeared in front of Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday (6 July) after pleading guilty to multiple copyright and fraud offences, including accessing pirate content for his own use.

Faulkner operated Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service TV Solutions, a subscription pirate streaming service that offered illegal access to sports and entertainment programming, including live Premier League matches.

He pleaded guilty to both unlawfully supplying and watching the fixtures.

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It is hoped the sentence will deter fans from illegally streaming matches. Credit: PA
It is hoped the sentence will deter fans from illegally streaming matches. Credit: PA

In total, Faulkner received 16 months in jail for the crimes.

The judge recognised that Faulkner's use of the unauthorised service was a distinct crime in itself, which was reflected in the handing out of a separate sentence of four months' imprisonment for using the service.

Faulkner sold access to the service on social media platforms as a secondary source of income, and the judge made it clear this case was a sophisticated fraud carried out over a significant period of time. The crime was made more serious by the involvement of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

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Premier League director of legal services Kevin Plumb said he hoped the sentence would deter football fans from illegally streaming matches.

Faulkner was sentenced to 16 months in prison. Credit: PA
Faulkner was sentenced to 16 months in prison. Credit: PA

He said: "This sentencing demonstrates yet again that the courts take piracy crimes seriously and there are significant consequences for criminals involved in all forms of piracy.

"Legal action will be taken against those supplying unauthorised access to Premier League football, regardless of the size or scale of the pirate operation.

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"This defendant was also given a separate four-month prison sentence for simply watching the unauthorised service. If it were needed, this should dispel any misconception that watching pirate streaming services is a grey area or is not an offence in any way.

"The Premier League's significant financial support for the entire football pyramid and wider communities is made possible through being able to sell and protect our broadcast rights.

"We are pleased that, through judgments such as this, courts continue to recognise the importance of the protection of our copyright."

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The Premier League worked with intellectual property protection organisation FACT to track down Faulkner.

FACT chief executive officer Kieron Sharp said: "We are very pleased to see the courts once again deal with the problem of illegal streaming by delivering sentencing appropriate to the harm caused by these crimes.

"Furthermore, a separate sentence for Faulkner using the service as a consumer is important to highlight that end users are committing offences when accessing illegal streaming services. It is a massive warning.

"FACT will continue to work with our members to monitor platforms used to advertise, market, sell and distribute apps, devices and streams, and to take action against suppliers, operators and consumers."

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Topics: UK News, Football, crime

Jake Massey
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