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Brit Pleads Guilty In Pirate Premier League TV Case

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Brit Pleads Guilty In Pirate Premier League TV Case

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.”



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Sept 4 & 7 Approved As Songkran Substitute Holidays

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Today the cabinet approved September 4 and 7 as substitute Songkran holidays giving us yet another four-day holiday next month.

Friday, Sept 4 and Monday, Sept 7 have now been rubber-stamped as the final two days for the cancelled Thai New Year public holidays.

With the country being shut down for so long due to the Covid-19 situation, many question the government going ahead with yet another 2 days off after months of closures.

And no, there will be no water wars taking place on the streets.



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Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

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A fire gutted 81 houses in a community in Bangkok’s Thon Buri district on Wednesday night leaving hundreds homeless.

Three people were injured and 81 home damaged, but no fatalities were reported.

Flames spread over the community at Soi Taksin 23 at around 8.30pm with firefighters taking over two hours to bring the blaze under control.

Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

Hundreds Left Homeless Following A Fire In Thon Buri

An initial investigation found a total of 81 houses were affected with 72 were badly burned while the rest were partly damaged.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.



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Businesswoman Rams Cops And Cars In Late Night Drunken Fender Bender

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A businesswoman who tried to run over pedestrians, damaged several vehicles and took police for mugs while driving her Mercedes under the influence was arrested and charged on Tuesday night.

37-year-old Wishuda Vittayasinthana unsuccessfully attempted to ram pedestrians with her car near the Khae Rai Intersection in Nonthaburi province before heading south into the capital after attempts to stop her by police and locals failed.

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Attempts by members of the public who gave chase failed until she crashed into another car causing substantial damage to both vehicles and four motorbikes close to Tao Poon MRT station.

Bang Sue police were notified of the incident but by the time they arrived at the scene, the driver had already fled to Or Tor Kor Market in Chatuchak district.

When officers finally caught up with Wishuda she was sent to the hospital as she’d suffered minor injuries when she crashed her car.

Wishuda’s father told police she was stressed due to her business being embezzled out of millions of baht and had been drinking heavily before driving off.





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