Wednesday, 09 August 2017 11:33

Foxtel subscription TV pirate walks plank with conviction and sentencing


Foxtel has “welcomed the sentencing of a Sydney man for his role in the selling of unauthorised access to Foxtel services".

Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33, was “convicted of criminal offences relating to charges of operating an illegal network that allowed more than 8000 people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free".

Baghdadi has now been sentenced by a Sydney court to serve an 18 month suspended jail term for the offences.

Foxtel reports that the conviction and sentencing are “the result of on-going joint anti-piracy investigations involving the Australian Federal Police, Foxtel investigators, and Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security".

The three organisations “uncovered an organised criminal network responsible for committing a wide-range of intellectual property theft of Foxtel services.”

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal.

“Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry, including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love.

“Foxtel conducts ongoing investigations into the theft of Foxtel programming and we are proud to work so closely with the AFP and our partners at Irdeto to ensure the full force of the law is applied to protect our content,” Tonagh said, setting the tone that should send shivers up the spine of potential Jack Sparrows.

Rory O’Connor, senior vice-president of cyber security services at Irdeto, said, “This conviction is another step forward in the global fight against online piracy. The seriousness of these crimes should not be under-estimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated.

“Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but also ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Foxtel says it “looks forward to continuing to work with the rest of the Australian media industry to address the issue of piracy in Australia.”


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