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September 2, 2014

Police arrest UK man in sports streaming investigation

Illegal content streaming operation said to be costing industry £10m.

By Jimmy Nicholls

British police have arrested a 27-year-old man in Manchester on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites.

Twelve computer servers involved in streaming sports events globally have been seized from the man’s home, in an operation alleged to be costing the industry more than £10m.

Detective chief inspector Danny Medlycott, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), said: "Today’s operation is the unit’s third arrest in relation to online streaming and sends out a strong message that we are homing in on those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement .

"Not only is there a significant loss to industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV services when others cheat the system."

The suspect was taken to a local police station for questioning.

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