British Man Given 16-Month Jail Term for Selling Pirated Streaming Content

A British man has been sentenced to 16 months in jail for selling streaming media devices embedded with pirated content from satellite TV operator Sky.

Warren Gleave, 51, was sentenced Aug. 16 by Burnley Crown Court in the U.K. after pleading guilty in May to violating provisions of the Fraud Act of 2006. Specifically, Gleave generated more than £200,000 over a three-year period selling pirated content on streaming devices online via Facebook Marketplace and on his website.

“This case sends a clear message that piracy, in whatever form it takes, is illegal, and the repercussions for engaging in it can be severe,” Matthew Hibbert, head of litigation at Sky, said in a statement.

The case underscores government and private sector’s increased efforts to combat video copyright infringement on social media and digital distribution.

Earlier this month, a Scottish national was fined £50,000 for selling set-top devices with subscriptions for pirated Sky movies and sports content.

“Private prosecutions are being used increasingly by rights holders, which means it is no longer just the police and other state authorities investigating and prosecuting these crimes,” said Gareth Minty, with the white-collar crime group at London-based law firm Mishcon de Reya.