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    ARRESTS over Joshua v Parker stream data

    KODI users at RISK: Thousands could face FINES, ARRESTS over Joshua v Parker stream data

    Those who tuned-in to the Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker fight on Saturday night could face hefty fines and even arrests.

    Digital platform security firm Irdeto identified 339 separate streams that illegally distributed the Joshua vs Parker fight last weekend.

    According to the Netherlands-based company, social media was found to be a major vehicle for illegal streams.

    Irdeto detected some 207 illegal streams that leveraged multiple social media channels including Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch to broadcast the fight online, reaching approximately 225,804 viewers.

    Pirates also took advantage of illicit streaming plugins for popular media player Kodi, with 71 streams identified on this platform.

    This new data from Irdeto demonstrates that the tools are available for content owners and rightsholders to track and combat harmful digital piracy, particularly around live sporting events.

    It shows the sheer number of users who put themselves at risk of poor quality streams, dropouts during the broadcast, malware from illicit sites – as well as tough new UK legal penalties.

    Back in May 2017, the Digital Economy Act received royal assent – and increased the maximum jail sentence for copyright infringement in the UK from two to three years.

    Separately, the European Court of Justice last year ruled that streaming copyright-protected material without the right-holders permission was illegal.

    The combination of this landmark ruling and the increase in sanctions for those who infringe copyright has led some hugely influential developers to abandon Kodi.

    Kodi is a neutral, open-source media player that can be installed on a broad range of devices – from discount set-top boxes powered by Android, to known brands, like Amazon Fire TV Stick.

    However, Kodi has gained an unfortunate reputation thanks to the way some third-party developers leverage the platform.

    Set-top boxes – built by a variety of different hardware manufacturers – and sold with the Kodi media player preinstalled alongside a number of add-ons and plugins designed to facilitate piracy are colloquially referred to as Kodi Boxes.

    Earlier this year, a Sky customer paid 5,000 in costs to the UK broadcaster after his account was linked to an illegal boxing stream distributed on Facebook.

    The feverishly-anticipated fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko back in April 2017 was available exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office for 19.95.

    However, thousands of people enjoyed the boxing match via a Facebook live stream for free.

    The stream, which was viewed by some 4,250 people at its peak, was traced back to the Sky account holder, Craig Foster, of Scarborough.

    Foster says he received a number of letters from Foot Anstey LLP, a law firm representing Sky, following the stream.

    One of these letters claimed Foster could face fines of up to 85,000 if the case went to court, according to the Mirror.

    Neil Parkes, Partner at Foot Anstey LLP, told The Independent: “Mr Foster broke the law and illegally shared copyright protected content with thousands of people online.

    “He has since acknowledged his wrongdoing, apologised for his actions and signed a legally binding agreement in which he agrees to pay a sum of 5,000 to Sky.”

    Craig Foster says one of his friends live streamed the fight using an iPad, which was already logged into his Facebook account.

    He has agreed to pay 5,000 in legal costs to Sky.

    Last year, a Sky Sports subscriber was ordered to pay 16,000 after being caught illegally streaming the channel.

    Senior Vice President of Irdeto Cybersecurity Services, Rory O’Connor said: “High-profile live sporting events like this are major targets for criminals looking to profit from illegal streams.

    By watching illegal streams, knowingly or unknowingly, they could miss crucial sporting moments and are exposing their devices, data and families to risks of cybercrime, inappropriate content and other threats

    “Content owners and rights holders can combine state-of-the-art anti-piracy technology, proactive services, and comprehensive cybercrime business intelligence services to shut down streams in real-time and protect their content investments. Consumers should be vigilant as well. By watching illegal streams, knowingly or unknowingly, they could miss crucial sporting moments and are exposing their devices, data and families to risks of cybercrime, inappropriate content and other threats. In addition, people who think about sharing events like this illegally should be aware that they could face charges or legal action as a result.”

    The availability of illegal pirate streams on social media and other platforms remains a major challenge for content producers and rights holders.

    Pirates create professional-looking websites and services, to fool users into thinking their illegal content offering is legitimate.

    These pirates are also using popular e-commerce sites to proactively advertise these services to consumers, despite these sites explicitly banning the sale of illegal streaming devices.

    Irdeto has separately identified 180 advertisements for illicit streaming devices offering Joshua vs. Parker on e-commerce websites, including eBay and Gumtree in just one day in the week leading up to the fight.

    In addition, Irdeto’s Global Consumer Piracy Survey of more than 25,000 adults across 30 countries, conducted last year found that 52 per cent of consumers around the globe knowingly watch pirated video content.

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    :"The feverishly-anticipated fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko back in April 2017 was available exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office for 19.95."

    Factually incorrect , i watched it live on a german FTA channel as klitschko is i think sponsored or the fight was by a german company so it was live FTA on german tv
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    The article is referring to copyright to show it in the UK - in which case it was Sky only The people who write this stuff know nothing about satellite reception from abroad.....

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