According to the prosecution a Dutch pirate streaming service allowed customers to watch unlimited films and series from Netflix, Videoland and Disney+ and Viaplay for €10 a month.

The pirate, 30-year old Hicham O. from Almere, operated under several names, such as 4K OTT, Cobra and My TV plus, serving more than 1.3 million people.

The service allowed users to watch unlimited TV channels and as well as thousands of TV series and movies from streaming video services. The Dutch Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (Fiod) pulled the plug on it last spring.

Subscriptions could be taken out for cash at phone shops. It was possible to watch via a special app, and there were also media boxes with pre-installed access to the service. The feeds were coming from a data centre in Den Helder, from where the films, series and TV programmes were distributed.

Early last year, the Dutch fiscal authorities launched an investigation into the operation. Last May, raids took place in Den Helder, Almere and Hengelo. Homes in Amsterdam, Almere, Enschede, The Hague were also searched. In the process, more than 1,000 servers were seized and cash amounts totalling at least €200,000 were found.

The pirate was identified as 30-year-old Hicham O. from Almere. He was 80% owner of the illegal streaming service and maintained contact with resellers and money runners, according to the prosecution. Tapped telephone conversations showed that he was worried about the Fiod. During these monitored calls he also said that he was turning over half a million a month and making €200,000 a month from it.

Justice prosecuted him for copyright infringement, membership of a criminal organisation and laundering €17.5 million, among other charges.

Source: broadbandtvnews.com


A trial for illegal access to Sky Deutschland’s pay-TV service ended with a fine at a German court today.

The 33-year-old defendant was sentenced to pay €10,000 in the case held at the Göttingen Regional Court, reports German newspaper HNA. Criminal proceedings have also been initiated against his more than 400 customers nationwide who were identified in the course of the investigation.

According to the report, the confessed defendant had offered certain devices via his own web shop as well as via sales platform eBay, which enabled customers to receive Sky Deutschland’s subscription service for “free”. In some cases, he had not sold the customers any devices, but had sent them a link through which they could illegally access the pay-TV offer.

The fraud proceedings were initiated by a complaint filed by Sky Deutschland.

Source: broadbandtvnews.com


Pelíšky and five other Czech films (Ostře sledované vlaky, S čerty nejsou jerty, Vesničko má středisková, Kobry a užovky and Obušku, z sack out!) must disappear from the Ulož.to internet storage. They will not be searchable or downloadable. This follows from the decision of the Constitutional Court (III. ÚS 3077/22), which rejected the constitutional complaints of the operator Uloz.to cloud a.s.

The previous year’s judgment of the High Court in Prague, which dealt with the matter in detail and set the boundaries of the interpretation of the Copyright Act, was later confirmed by the Supreme Court. Based on a lawsuit filed by the DILIA agency, the courts ordered the operator of the Uloz.to repository to prevent the downloading of six specific films if people can search for them by title. In legal language, the high court ordered Uloz.to:

…an order to refrain from permitting the downloading of files with specified extensions containing the six specified audiovisual works on the specified websites, so long as members of the public can search for those files by entering the title of the work in the search engine provided by the defendant for the public to do so, and for so long as the property rights in those works continue to exist and so long as the plaintiff exercises those rights as a collective administrator….

In its constitutional complaint, the Ulož.to argued that the obligation imposed on it is contrary to Act 480/2004 Coll., on certain information society services, which precludes the imposition of such an obligation.

However, the Constitutional Court explained in its reasoning that this objection had already been sufficiently dealt with by the courts before it and that it is not here to be another instance in the system of general courts. According to the Court, the operator of a storage facility is a provider of a service which is used by third parties to infringe or threaten the rights of authors of protected works.

In doing so, the judges relied on a decision of the European Court of Justice (C-682/18 and C-683/18), according to which the provider of a so-called hosting service has an obligation to refrain from providing such a service if it is used by third parties to infringe or threaten copyright. This obligation may relate not only to the removal of the infringing content but also to ensuring that no further infringements occur.

Source: lupa.cz