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    Pay-TV pirates sentenced to up to 18 months in jail

    The European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services, informs about a breakthrough judgement against Pay-TV piracy. Belgium prosecutors, joined by AEPOC member Sky Deutschland, have won a law suit against pirates, who sold illegal viewing cards to Germany and Austria during the years 2006 to 2008. The First Instance Court of Tongeren, Belgium ruled that 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 groundbreaking sum of more than 2 million Euros in damages, plus interest and other compensation payments. 1,850,000 Euros is to be paid by the central pirate in this case, who received the 18 months prison sentence, and by a legal entity. A further 180,000 Euros are to be paid by the pirate sentenced to 8 months in prison. The judgement is appealable.

    It is the first ruling of this dimension, punishing Pay-TV pirates to a severe prison sentence as well as a strong payment for damages that have realistically occurred.

    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 75 Euros. In combination with a software available on the internet and consecutive updates the cards gave illegitimate access to Premiere, possibly during several years. The court rejected the strategy of the pirates and their lawyers claiming their blank cards were not a pirate device as such and therefore no violation of law. However, the public prosecutor proved the pirating purpose by providing various direct and circumstantial evidence.

    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 alone, demonstrating the very criminal nature of Pay-TV piracy."


    In particular the pirates violated the Flemish Decree on Radio and Television Broadcasting. This national law has integrated the provisions of the EU Conditional Access Directive to transpose it into national law. The CA-Directive is the cornerstone EU legislation for conditional access protected services such as Pay-TV. Also Copyright laws and provisions of the Belgium Criminal Code served as legal basis in this case which involved huge money laundering operations conducted by the pirates between Belgium and the city of Aachen in Germany.


    President Rousseau continued: "Belgium law and enforcement prove effective for such complex law suits of 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. Accordingly, AEPOC works inside the European Union for the harmonisation of laws and the introduction of minimum thresholds for sanctions to underline that Pay-TV piracy is a severe crime."

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    Re: Pay-TV pirates sentenced to up to 18 months in jail

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    The European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services, informs about a breakthrough judgement against Pay-TV piracy. Belgium prosecutors, joined by AEPOC member Sky Deutschland, have won a law suit against pirates, who sold illegal viewing cards to Germany and Austria during the years 2006 to 2008. The First Instance Court of Tongeren, Belgium ruled that 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 groundbreaking sum of more than 2 million Euros in damages, plus interest and other compensation payments. 1,850,000 Euros is to be paid by the central pirate in this case, who received the 18 months prison sentence, and by a legal entity. A further 180,000 Euros are to be paid by the pirate sentenced to 8 months in prison. The judgement is appealable.

    It is the first ruling of this dimension, punishing Pay-TV pirates to a severe prison sentence as well as a strong payment for damages that have realistically occurred.

    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 75 Euros. In combination with a software available on the internet and consecutive updates the cards gave illegitimate access to Premiere, possibly during several years. The court rejected the strategy of the pirates and their lawyers claiming their blank cards were not a pirate device as such and therefore no violation of law. However, the public prosecutor proved the pirating purpose by providing various direct and circumstantial evidence.

    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 alone, demonstrating the very criminal nature of Pay-TV piracy."


    In particular the pirates violated the Flemish Decree on Radio and Television Broadcasting. This national law has integrated the provisions of the EU Conditional Access Directive to transpose it into national law. The CA-Directive is the cornerstone EU legislation for conditional access protected services such as Pay-TV. Also Copyright laws and provisions of the Belgium Criminal Code served as legal basis in this case which involved huge money laundering operations conducted by the pirates between Belgium and the city of Aachen in Germany.


    President Rousseau continued: "Belgium law and enforcement prove effective for such complex law suits of 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. Accordingly, AEPOC works inside the European Union for the harmonisation of laws and the introduction of minimum thresholds for sanctions to underline that Pay-TV piracy is a severe crime."
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    L'Association européenne pour la protection des œuvres et services cryptés, informe sur un jugement percée contre le piratage de télévision à péage. procureurs Belgique, rejoint par l'AEPOC membre Sky Deutschland, ont gagné un procès contre les pirates, qui ont vendu des cartes illégales affichés à l'Allemagne et l'Autriche au cours des années 2006 à 2008. Le tribunal de première instance de Tongres, en Belgique a statué que deux accusés seront envoyés en prison pour 18 ans et 8 mois respectivement. Deux personnes de plus ont reçu des condamnations avec sursis tandis que une personne a été déclaré non coupable. En parallèle Sky Deutschland est de recevoir une somme inauguration des travaux de plus de 2 millions d'euros de dommages et intérêts, plus les intérêts et autres compensations. 1.850.000 euros doit être versée par le pirate centrale dans cette affaire, qui a reçu la peine de 18 mois de prison, et par une entité juridique. A 180.000 euros supplémentaires doivent être payées par le pirate condamné à 8 mois de prison. Le jugement est susceptible d'appel.

    Il est le premier arrêt de cette dimension, de punir les pirates de télévision payante à une peine d'emprisonnement sévère ainsi qu'une forte paiement de dommages-intérêts qui ont eu lieu de façon réaliste.

    Le tribunal a constaté la Belgique les condamnés coupables d'avoir traité avec ce qu'on appelle "cartes blanches" durant les années 2006 à 2008, qui avait dans le seul but de fournir un accès illégitime affichés à l'offre de télévision payante de Sky Deutschland, opérant sous la marque Premiere à l'époque. L'affaire portait sur plus de 5.700 cartes qui ont été vendus au prix unitaire de 75 Euros. En combinaison avec un logiciel disponible sur Internet et mises à jour consécutives les cartes donnant accès illégitime de Premiere, éventuellement pendant plusieurs années. Le tribunal a rejeté la stratégie des pirates et leurs avocats valoir leurs cartes vierges ne sont pas un dispositif pirate en tant que telle et donc pas de violation de la loi. Toutefois, le ministère public s'est avéré le but de piratage en fournissant diverses preuves directes et indirectes.

    AEPOC Président Philippe-Olivier Rousseau a commenté: "Il devient clair comment le piratage nuit à l'industrie est Pay-TV regarder la somme considérable de dommages-intérêts à verser dans ce seul cas seulement, ce qui démontre la nature même de la piraterie criminelle Pay-TV. "


    En particulier, les pirates violé le décret flamand sur la radio et la télédiffusion. Cette législation nationale a intégré les dispositions de la directive de l'UE d'accès conditionnel pour la transposer en droit national. Le CA-directive est la pierre angulaire de la législation européenne pour les services d'accès conditionnel protégées telles que la télévision à péage. Aussi les lois du droit d'auteur et les dispositions du Code criminel la Belgique a servi de base juridique dans cette affaire qui impliquait d'énormes opérations de blanchiment d'argent menée par les pirates entre la Belgique et la ville de Aachen en Allemagne.


    Président Rousseau continue:. "La loi belge et l'exécution se révéler efficace pour ces poursuites judiciaires complexes de la piraterie Pay-TV transfrontaliers et les crimes de l'industrie Dans de nombreux pays de l'UE si nous ne voyons pas un tel fonctionnement satisfaisant de la directive" accès "et de sa mise en œuvre en droit national. Par conséquent, AEPOC œuvres à l'intérieur de l'Union européenne pour l'harmonisation des lois et l'introduction de seuils minimaux des sanctions à souligner que le piratage de télévision à péage est un crime grave. "
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    Re: Pay-TV pirates sentenced to up to 18 months in jail

    this is why we should have legal subscription :)))

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