Pirated IPTV services generate over € 1 billion in profit in Europe. Many customers continue to prefer to pay for “pirate” services, even considering that they risk being caught by the police.
In Italy, the police have brought 223 pirated IPTV customers to justice.
THE Guardia di Finanza it is the Italian police unit that is responsible for investigating financial crimes. This police entity recently reported 223 pirated IPTV service customers.
This is an unprecedented operation, since normally this type of situation targets those who distributed the signal. According to the information, the customers now risk a heavy fine.
According to the law, when purchasing subscriptions of this type, customers are responsible for the crime of receiving a “pirate signal”. The copyright law also provides for the equipment of offenders to be confiscated; consequently. Thus, the 223 customers will see the TV, computer and smartphone confiscated in case of conviction. Fines can go up to 25,000 euros and the prison sentence can reach 8 years.
According to the Italian Consumer Association, TV piracy involves more than 5 million Italians.
IPTV in Portugal …
In Portugal, users who illegally distribute TV signals commit at least four crimes punishable by sentences of up to five years in prison and large fines. The crimes in question are:
- Usurpation – who faces up to three years in prison
- Protection of technological measures – Maximum sentence of one year in prison
- Illegitimate access – imprisonment between one and five years
- Detention of illicit devices – Penalty can go up to three years in prison
Operator losses are estimated to be around 600,000 euros per month. In Portugal the monthly price of a subscription to have TV + Internet is around € 31.4.