50 held in first Euro op against TV signal fraud

30th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2007, MADRID – Fifty people were arrested on Wednesday in Spain in the first operation of its kind in Europe against pirating television signals.

30 May 2007

MADRID – Fifty people were arrested on Wednesday in Spain in the first operation of its kind in Europe against pirating television signals.

The suspects are also accused of selling manipulated TV decodifiers.

Two were accused of offences against intellectual property and telecommunications fraud.

Ten were web page administrators, 22 were distributors of pirated decodifiers, 16 were local cable TV administrations and two were members of neighbourhood groups who distributed the signal illicitly.

Arrests were made in Barcelona, Seville, La Coruña, Madrid, Badajoz, Guipúzcoa, Alicante, Ávila, Palma de Mallorca, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga, Granada, Ciudad Real, Murcia and Zaragoza.

The accused had distributed more than 1,000 sets with the software changed to receive signals illegally.

The fraud was costing the TV companies millions of euros in lost revenue. Some of the fraudsters made up to EUR 140,000 during the month of September.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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