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Dutch Police Confiscate 250 Pirated Streaming Media Players

29 Aug, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Authorities in The Hague, Holland, have confiscated 250 streaming media devices from a retail store that allegedly included illegal links to copyrighted movies and TV shows, according to The BREIN Foundation, a Dutch anti-piracy group.

The owner of the unnamed store had stopped selling the media players online — but not at the store location.

Earlier this year, the European Court ruled that the sale of media players with software giving users access to unauthorized content constitutes intentional copyright infringement and is punishable by fines up to 10,000 euros ($12,000) and/or imprisonment.

Tim Kuik, director of BREIN, said digital services selling illegal access online (without a device) can be subject to fines of 500 euros ($600) per link.

“This merchant had been [warned] and promised to stop selling the players,” Kuik said in a statement. “These [devices] cause major damage because people do not pay for the movies and series they watch.”

BREIN reported that in the past week three websites had been shut down with 10 people associated with them summoned for questioning.

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