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SBD Global/September 3, 2014/Media

Police Bust Illegal Premier League Streaming HQ With 12 Servers Broadcasting Games

An illegal Premier League football streaming nerve center "has been uncovered inside a house in Manchester," according to Richard Wheatstone of the London MIRROR. Specialist detectives said the arrest of a 27-year-old man at the address in Cheetham Hill was one of their "biggest yet." The set-up included "12 computer servers streaming sports events from across the globe." The equipment "was seized and will now be examined by specialists." Illegal sports streaming websites "are estimated to cost the television industry" around £10M ($16M) each year (MIRROR, 9/2). In Manchester, Richard Wheatstone wrote officers found "an 'industrial-scale' bank of computers and hi-tech equipment," suspected to be supporting "scores of illegal streaming sites." The arrest was made by the Police Intellectual Property Unit, which was set up last year "to crack down on copyright infringement." The unit is funded by the Intellectual Property Office (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 9/2)
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