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Newly-appointed Investigations Manager starts at FACT

We’re pleased to announce that Princy Madanayake has become the newest team member at FACT, joining us to lead our Investigations team. With thirty years of experience in the Metropolitan Police, Princy has experience in a comprehensive range of criminal  investigations including armed robbery, drug importation, fraud and homicide, and has used a wide range … Continued

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Illegal film streaming links nearly treble during lockdown period

The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we work, communicate, shop and spend our free time. With vast numbers of people around the world staying at home, life has driven us all online; enormously impacting businesses and customers in countless sectors. FACT has been protecting the rights, content and interests of the film, television and … Continued

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Free 30-minute ISO 27001 health check

With more people than ever working remotely during these unprecedented times, ensuring that your business has digital security in place has never been so crucial. FACT Certification provides assurance that your organisation is delivering high quality, secure processes and we’re now able to offer a free 30-minute ISO 27001 health check. Your health check will … Continued

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Protecting content during the COVID-19 outbreak

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 during this extraordinary time. In the current circumstances, the demand for online content is set to increase significantly over the coming weeks. Where there is an increase in content consumption, online piracy is significant. At FACT we have over three decades of experience in protecting content for … Continued

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Criminal convictions for Kodibox sellers

Two men have been sentenced at St Albans Crown Court after being found guilty of selling television devices which enable access to paid for services dishonestly. Thomas Tewelde from Acton, West London and Mohamed Abdou from Tonbridge, Kings Cross have each been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. They must pay £1000 … Continued

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Seller of illicit streaming devices ordered to pay over £500,000

A criminal found guilty of supplying illegal streaming devices (ISDs) providing unauthorised access to Premier League content has been ordered to pay back more than £520,000, to the ‘public purse’. In April 2018, John Dodds was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison having pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to defraud. Dodds sold ISDs to hundreds … Continued

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Seller of illegal streaming services ordered to pay over £10,000

A man has received a 16-month prison sentence and has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after he pleaded guilty to five offences at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court. In 2019 the National Trading Standards Investigation Team (Wales) led a project, partnered with FACT, to investigate TV boxes available for sale online by Wales-based traders. As … Continued

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Warrants executed over illegal streaming activity

On Wednesday 26th February FACT investigators and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) attended an address in the North West to execute search warrants related to a significant provider of illegal streaming activity. This service has now been disrupted. Sergeant Ross Tutton from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit said: “Today’s action … Continued

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Guilty verdict for black box TV fraudsters

Two men have been found guilty of selling television devices, which enabled access to paid for services dishonestly, at St Albans Crown Court, on Friday 31 January. Thomas Tewelde from Acton, West London and Mohamed Abdou from Tonbridge, Kings Cross, were found guilty of intentionally encouraging consumers to access film and sport services, without subscription, … Continued