Investigators from anti-piracy organisation FACT and officers from West Midlands and Warwickshire Police have visited a number of addresses across the region to serve Cease and Desist notices to individuals suspected of supplying illegal sports streaming services.
The notices requesting the individuals cease any illegal activity with immediate effect.
The initiative is aimed at preventing the illegal supply of IPTV streams. The EPL begins its new season next week, while the Premier League kicks off on August 5.
Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT said: “We employ a range of tactics to prevent the provision of illegal streaming. Our continuous activity targets different elements of the global piracy landscape, with consideration given to the scale of the offending to ensure effective and proportionate action is taken.
“By taking these measures we are sending a clear message. Piracy is a crime, and it is taken seriously by the police. Non-compliance with the notices could lead to further law enforcement action”.
FACT, which works to protect the content, product and interests of the film and television industries, plans similar action later in the year.