A Cornwall man will be sentenced next month after admitting the sale of £400,000 worth of illegal streaming subscriptions.
Steven Underwood (also known as Steven Isaac) faced two charges under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and the Fraud Act 2006.
The Court heard that Underwood’s activity was initially detected by copyright protection agency, FACT, who traced the activity to Cornwall where officers from the Police Regional Organised Crime Unit, FACT and Cornwall Council Trading Standards executed an Entry Warrant at Underwood’s home.
A number of devices including an iPhone, tower computer and laptop computer were seized.
Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT, said: “We are constantly working to remove sellers of illegal streaming subscriptions from the market and bring them to justice.
The message is clear – if you are tempted to sell access to content that is not licensed or owned by you, you risk facing a criminal conviction. We encourage consumers to use legitimate services that are safe to use and ensure that content creators are properly remunerated.”
Underwood will be sentenced at Truro Crown Court on 19th December 2019.