Facebook bans the sale of illicit streaming devices

Facebook has recently updated its Commerce Policy to ban the sale of illicit streaming devices from its site.

Commenting on the development, Chief Executive of FACT, Kieron Sharp said:

“It is great to see Facebook follow the likes of Amazon and Ebay in making changes to their policies to prohibit the sale of illicit streaming devices on their platforms.

“These days social media sites are more than just a place to share photos and comments with friends and family. Unfortunately, the fast-paced development of these sites are being exploited by opportunists for criminal activity which needs to be disrupted.

“One of FACT’s priorities is combatting the sale of these illegal devices which affects not only all of our members and clients but the creative industries as a whole.

“Recent rulings have clarified that selling a device pre-configured to access copyrighted material is illegal and that consumers watching content via these devices without a legitimate subscription are also breaking the law.”

Related News

Partnerships Prosecutions

Counterfeit DVD seller ordered to pay £567,000

A Staffordshire man who was jailed for 16 months for selling fake DVDs on eBay, has since been ordered to pay back more than half a million pounds. A successful joint investigation by FACT and Staffordshire Trading Standards discovered Foster was buying counterfeit DVDs from China and selling as genuine products on eBay to customers across the world. He was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment in January 2016.