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FIOD investigation into massive unlawful TV supplier began with ‘smaller fish’

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Within the Netherlands and in lots of different European nations, lots of of hundreds of TV and laptop screens went black on Tuesday. This was the results of a raid by the FIOD in an information heart in Den Helder, throughout which 4 suspects from that metropolis and Almere have been arrested.

The beginning sign for the FIOD investigation was a declaration from Stichting Brein, which stands up for copyright holders. “We had a smaller fish that we knew, if you happen to begin scratching it, extra would possibly come,” says Brein director Tim Kuik. “This a lot bigger fish emerged from that FIOD investigation.”

That ‘greater fish’ acquired quite a few TV channels and streaming providers through TV dishes and subscriptions. These have been distributed through the servers in Den Helder to an infinite variety of prospects in Europe.

Clients had entry to hundreds of TV channels and sports activities channels from residence and overseas for less than 10 euros per thirty days at residence, in addition to sequence and movies from cost providers equivalent to Disney+, Netflix and Videoland.

Shoppers had to purchase a field and a subscription for his or her Web TV from phone or electronics shops. This gave them entry to the unlawful content material through a supplier’s web site. In line with Brein, rightholders within the Netherlands alone misplaced tens of hundreds of thousands of euros because of this ‘digital piracy’.

100 thousand euros

Brein is looking the suppliers by posing as a shopper. In recent times, some 350 merchants have been traced on this method. They needed to cease their practices and have been introduced with a settlement that would quantity to 100,000 euros.

Brein additionally tries to determine the large fish: the organizations behind the suppliers. The suppliers typically don’t cooperate, for worry of revenge. In spite of everything, it’s a legal world by which some huge cash is concerned. Lowering the settlement quantity will typically assist, says director Kuik. As well as, Brein employs specialists who know discover data on the web.


Brein solely approaches the Public Prosecution Service when there are adequate leads. Brein director Kuik: “Then it’s important to use investigative strategies that the legal authorities do have. They will after all faucet telephones and the web, make observations and so forth. And then you definately finally get such a raid the place you’re arrested and issues are seized Then a a lot better image emerges of the whole scope of what occurred there.”

If it involves a conviction, the perpetrators can anticipate compensation claims from individuals and organizations which have misplaced earnings. Brein coordinates these claims. A number of rights holders have already registered.

No extra image

Since Tuesday’s raid, dozens of suppliers’ websites have been offline as a result of the info heart in Den Helder now not offers photographs. The shoppers of those suppliers have misplaced their cash.

“There are different organizations that manage this unlawful commerce within the background, however this was the biggest,” says Kuik. “After all we anticipate others to leap into that hole. You retain going with that.”

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