BREIN obtains €10,000 settlement against illegal IPTV supplier


Netherlands-based anti-piracy organisation BREIN has reached a €10,000 ($10,983) settlement with a provider of illegal internet protocol televisions (IPTVs).

BREIN obtained an ex-parte injunction on Monday, May 1, against an IPTV dealer who was allegedly selling cheap subscriptions to paid-for channels.

IPTVs allow users to stream TV content through their IP address rather than through traditional terrestrial formats, with packages often a lot cheaper than subscription TV packages.

After the provider received the injunction, the parties agreed to a settlement. 

BREIN added in a statement:“The provider has the obligation to pay a penalty of 10,000 euros for each individual IPTV subscription, individual hyperlink, or day that he acts in violation of the court order and continues with the sale of IPTV subscriptions.” 

Those who have already bought subscriptions will lose any pre-paid subscriptions.

Sister site World IP Review reported in April that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment in Stichting Brein, after the anti-piracy group sued a one-man business acting under the name Filmspeler.

According to the CJEU, sellers of multimedia players enabling films that are available illegally on the internet to be viewed for free on TV could constitute copyright infringement.

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