UAE internet pirate faced with US$962,400 bill
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 21-12-2011
An OSN subscriber who helped millions of computer users illegally download the Middle East pay-TV platform’s high definition content has confessed to internet piracy following questioning by Abu Dhabi police this week.
OSN says it identified 802 counts of piracy violation. Contractual damages for his crime reached US $962,400 which the pirate has been asked to compensate to OSN.
The Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA) filed a complaint on behalf of OSN with Abu Dhabi CID. After his confession, the unnamed pirate agreed to a settlement with the Dubai-based pay-TV operator to avoid further legal action which may have resulted in imprisonment.
David Butorac, CEO of OSN said: "It's crucial to remind people what they're doing is illegal and highly damaging. Piracy threatens the whole entertainment industry and costs companies like ours billions,” said David Butorac, chief executive of OSN.
“It's important that together with the authorities and AAA we keep applying pressure on illegal pirates. Illegal file sharing is a serious matter and in future OSN won't hesitate in taking further action beyond compensation."
Scott Butler, chief executive, AAA added: "This recent action shows the effectiveness of government-coordinated operations against internet sharing profiteers. We commend the UAE Government for taking the lead in efforts to address these evolving forms of piracy. This compensation sets a precedent that all violations of intellectual property rights will be strictly pursued."