Unusually, this action has targeted not just the people hosting the illegal live streams, but also the people watching them.
In September, UK police issued thousands of individual warning notices to people suspected of viewing free live streams.
Anti-piracy organisation FACT described it as “an alarming wake-up call” for anyone caught illegal streaming.
“It sends a really clear message to those facilitating this illegal activity and additionally to those choosing to consume content in this way: Users of illegal services are accountable for their actions and they will be pursued,” Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT, told The Independent at the time.
“This is not a grey area. Piracy is illegal and you run the risk of prosecution and a criminal conviction.”
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