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    Jail and E2m fine for Premiere pirates

    AEPOC, the European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services, has reported a breakthrough judgement against Pay-TV piracy. Belgium prosecutors, joined by AEPOC member Sky Deutschland, have won a lawsuit against pirates, who sold illegal viewing cards to Germany and Austria from 2006 to 2008.

    The First Instance Court of Tongeren, Belgium ruled the two accused will be sent to prison for 18 and 8 months respectively. Two more individuals received suspended sentences while one person was found not guilty. In parallel Sky Deutschland is to receive a record sum of more than E2 million in damages, plus interest and other compensation payments.

    The Belgium court found the convicts guilty of having dealt with so-called “blank cards” during the years 2006 to 2008, that had the sole purpose to provide illegitimate viewing access to the Pay-TV offering of Sky Deutschland, operating under the Premiere brand at the time. The case dealt with more than 5,700 cards that were sold at a unit price of E75. In combination with software available on the Internet and consecutive updates the cards gave illegitimate access to Premiere, possibly for several years. The court rejected the argument of the pirates and their lawyers claiming their blank cards were not a pirate device as such, and therefore not illegal.

    AEPOC President Philippe-Olivier Rousseau commented: “It becomes crystal clear how detrimental piracy is to the Pay-TV industry looking at the sheer sum of damages to be paid within this single case demonstrating the very criminal nature of Pay-TV piracy.”

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    Sky Deutschland in €2m piracy win
    By Julian Clover
    Published: October 25, 2010 11.28 Europe/London

    Sky Deutschland has been awarded €2 million in damages after a case was brought against Belgian smart card pirates that exported unlicensed smart cards to Germany and Austria.

    The First Instance Court of Tongeren sentenced two gang members to 18 and eight months in jail, a further two accused were given suspended sentences, while a third was acquitted.

    Sky Deutschland, who as Premiere was pirated by the team between 2006 and 2008, will receive €1,850,000 in compensation from the gang leader and his company. A further €180,000 will be paid by his accomplice.

    AEPOC, the European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services, which released details of the case on behalf of member Sky Deutschland said it was the first time that a severe prison sentence had combined with a realistic level of damages.

    “Belgian law and enforcement has proven effective in such complex law suits as cross-border pay-TV piracy and industry crimes. In many other EU countries though we do not see such a satisfying functioning of the Conditional Access Directive and its implementation into national law,” said AEPOC President Philippe-Olivier Rousseau.

    The gang had dealt in the supply of blank cards to enable viewing of the Premiere service. More than 5,700 cards were sold at an individual price of €75. Combined with software updates obtainable over the internet it is possible that the cards could have been in use for several years.

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