Monday 22 October 2018 4:15 AM UTC
LONDON Oct 22: Blocking illegal streaming services and clamping down on rogue app developers are among the Government’s proposals to tackle the problem of intellectual property theft.
In a bid to reduce the millions estimated to be lost by UK creative industries each year, ministers want to give law enforcers powers to suspend streaming sites administratively.
Currently they must seek a High Court injunction for every case.
Legal media streaming devices such as Android TV and Kodi boxes can also be adapted to bypass paywalls with apps or add-ons so users can access content – such as subscription TV, certain sports channels and new films – for free.
The Government wants to raise awareness among consumers that buying a doctored streaming device could land them a heavy fine.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) says current laws are effective, highlighting the case of an operator of a pirate service streaming Premier League football who was jailed for five years in Newcastle this summer.
Elsewhere, two suppliers of illicit streaming devices were jailed for four-and-a-half years for selling hundreds of devices letting their customers watch Sky Sports, BT Sport and foreign channels for free.
But the Government wants to see further measures introduced.
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