A British man and a Thai woman pleaded guilty to infringing the EPL’s copyright in Thailand and were both handed suspended jail terms and ordered to pay millions in damages.
In May 2017, Brits William Lloyd, 39 and William Robinson, 35, were arrested together with a Thai woman named as Supatra Raksasat, 33 in a series of raids by the DSI who were working in conjunction with English footballing authorities over pirated streaming of Premier League matches across Southeast Asia.
The trio was accused of causing damages worth more than 100 million baht to the broadcast rights holders.
Nine servers, nine computers, 49 set-top boxes and three mobile phones were seized at several properties in and around Bangkok.
The trio sold set-top boxes and subscription packages via 365sport.tv, Expat.tv, Thaiexpat.tv, Hkexpat.tv, Indoexpat.tv, Vietexpat.tx and Euroexpat.tv.
Following their arrest, all three were charged under the Computer Crime Act and Intellectual Property Rights Act before being bailed.
However, one of the Brits fled the country and didn’t show up at court to face the charges against him leaving his two business partners to take the fall for their illegal TV streaming operation.
The defendants pled guilty to numerous charges including copyright infringement, interception of data, operating as an unlicensed broadcaster and operating an unlawful business and given three-and-a-half-year suspended sentences and ordered to pay 15 million baht in damages on top of the 7 million in funds seiived after their arrest.
“This is one of the most substantial compensations for piracy-related crimes in Thailand and is a stark warning to anyone involved in the illegal supply of Premier League streams,” declared Kevin Plumb, Premier League Director of Legal Services.
“Attitudes towards, and acceptance of, these types of operators in Asia is changing, which is good news for fans who watch Premier League content through legitimate channels.”
“Those who don’t should be aware that subscribing to services run by organised crime gangs means they risk, not just the content disappearing when the service gets disrupted by legal action, but also exposing themselves to the threat of fraud and malware,” he warned.
“We are committed to pursuing all those involved in providing illegal access to our content and are grateful to the Courts and the public prosecutor for acknowledging and supporting the importance of fighting piracy.”