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Illegal streamers dodge Foxtel legal action over live-fight ‘piracy’ Featured

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Foxtel has chosen not to take legal action against two men who illegally streamed the Danny Green v Anthony Mundine fight live on Facebook on 3 February, choosing instead to give them a rap over the knuckles and force publication of a formal apology.

The cable TV giant demanded and got the formal apology from the men — Darren Sharpe and Brett Hevers — and took the opportunity to educate them on the significant harm it claims illegal streaming causes to the industry.

The two men published formal apologies to Foxtel on their Facebook pages and Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said on Sunday the company was pleased that both “Mr Sharpe and Mr Hevers have taken us up on the opportunity and have published an apology and acknowledgment of wrongdoing on their Facebook pages”.

“Foxtel has been in touch with Mr. Sharpe and Mr. Hevers following last weekend’s illegal Facebook live stream of the Mundine v Green match and we’ve expressed our great disappointment with their unlawful activities.

“Rather than taking legal action, we decided to take the opportunity to educate both of them about the significant harm such actions bring to the production of local Australian content, including live sports.

“We have given the individuals the opportunity to formally apologise via a public social media post, acknowledging the gravity of the situation, in the hopes that more people will learn that copyright theft is not a victimless crime and something that should be taken very seriously.”

Tonagh said illegal streaming and file sharing of any kind “impacts the viability of the entire content industry, and threatens the livelihoods of the thousands of people employed by it, including athletes, actors, technicians, editors, caterers, set designers and many others”.

“In addition, if revenue opportunities are undermined sports fans will suffer as sports presenters and promoters will have difficulty affording the costs of staging these fights and other events.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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