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FACT’s anti-piracy and content protection work in 2021

2021 was another busy year for FACT’s content protection team! From the first conviction of its type in the UK to a summer road trip serving cease and desist notices, we continue to protect content by disrupting illegal activity and holding those responsible to account. With separate convictions and sentences seen in 2021 for the … Continued

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Government of Vanuatu appoints FACT as verification and due diligence provider

FACT Due Diligence are pleased to announce our appointment as the provider of applicant due diligence services to the Republic of Vanuatu in relation to their citizenship programme. Based in the UK, FACT Due Diligence is part of FACT Worldwide (‘FACT’), with operations supplying investigations, business intelligence, computer forensics and due diligence services to governments … Continued

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IPTV service disrupted as part of illegal streaming crackdown

Worcester Trading Standards officers aided by West Mercia Police, in partnership with FACT and BT, executed a warrant on Tuesday 14 December as part of the continuing fight against illegal streaming. Officers visited two addresses in Worcester and seized a variety of equipment relating to the provision of internet protocol television (IPTV). At the main … Continued

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Thirty months’ imprisonment for pirate software developer

In what is understood to be the first conviction of its type in the UK, a man who created and built a software package which enabled illegal access to BT Sport, SKY, Netflix and other subscription television content has been sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment. The software package or, ‘build’ he created … Continued

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Two arrested as part of illegal IPTV crackdown

Leicestershire Police officers yesterday (Monday 29 November) executed a warrant as part of a crackdown on illegal streaming services. Police visited an address in Oadby and two people – a man aged 33 and a 48-year-old woman – were arrested on suspicion of infringing copyright by communicating work. A variety of equipment relating to the … Continued

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Two-year sentence handed down to eBay fraudster

Westminster City Council’s Trading Standards team, working in partnership with FACT, have secured a prosecution against an eBay user who was selling internet protocol television (IPTV) devices online. IPTV devices enable users to access broadcasts, such as sporting events and films, which would otherwise require a paid subscription. Mr Fuaad Al-Saegh, (DOB: 01.03.1964) was handed … Continued

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Jimmy Bullard gets schooled on grim reality of illegal streaming, including extreme pop-ups, malware, scams and hacking

Former Premier League footballer Jimmy Bullard given harsh lesson on the risks of piracy by cyber security expert Jamie Woodruff. In a new FACT campaign, Jimmy Bullard has been given a first-hand insight into some of the risks lurking behind illegal streams, from viruses and malware deliberately designed to infect your devices, to full-scale identity … Continued