Pirate TV Software Dev Jailed For 2.5 Years For Fraud & Copyright Offenses
In June 2019 the popular Supremacy Kodi add-on repository went down after being targeted by UK police. Its operator, Stephen Millington from Winsford, was arrested and charged with multiple copyright infringement and fraud offenses after enabling illegal access to BT Sport and Sky content. The 42-year-old has now been sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment.
In the summer of 2019, the Covert Development and Disruption Team of the UK’s North West Regional Organised Crime Unit announced that a then 40-year-old man had been detained in Winsford, Cheshire, following a joint investigation with anti-piracy outfit Federation Against Copyright Theft.
Neither police nor FACT initially revealed the identity of the man but did state that he’d been arrested in connection with creating and maintaining a Kodi add-on configured to supply illegal online streams. Information provided by third-party sources indicated that the target was the operator of ‘Supremacy’, a popular Kodi add-on that provided access to a wide range of content, from movies and TV shows to live sports.
A week later that information proved to be correct when FACT confirmed that following consultation with rightsholders including the Premier League, BT Sport and Virgin Media, the decision had been taken to have the police arrest the man behind ‘Supremacy’.
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