Police raid venues to cut down on Illegal La Liga Football Matches

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Police raid venues to cut down on Illegal La Liga Football Matches

Police raid venues to cut down on Illegal TV, particularly the pirating of La Liga Football Matches.

Nearly 300 establishments, mostly bars, but also betting shops, were inspected earlier this week, (Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th Dec) throughout the Valencian Region in a operation against the “piracy of the television signals” particularly football broadcasts of La Liga Española,

Source – www.diarioinformacion.com  Original news article in Spanish so some information may be lost in translation

The Operation was called “Operation Themys” and was launched at 22.00 hours on Tuesday in all the Spanish provinces – where La Liga had detected fraudulent emissions.

In the Alicante region, it was expected to act against more than a hundred establishments, a large majority of them (73) situated in Benidorm itself mostly bars frequented by English fans. They also inspected more than 20 in Alicante and others in Alcoi, Elx and Torrevieja. In Castelló more than fifty bars were due for inspection, in Valencia itself and areas such as Torrent, Sagunt, Gandia and Alzira, it was planned to sanction the owners of 163 establishments.

The investigation operated by the BCC ((Central Cybercrime Brigade) started with a complaint filed by the representatives of La Liga after detecting thousands of fraudulent emissions throughout the country, both with illegal decoders – programmed to receive the pirated signals – and with legal devices, but in those that only had a license for individuals was hired, but were used in multitudinous emissions in bars and betting shops.

The audit commissioned by La Liga, uncovered more than 4,000 illegal emissions in other establishments, which were warned by letter that they had been discovered. That was after the summer. In the letter, the suspects were invited to correct the irregularity – legally contracting the public broadcast of football matches – and they were warned that, otherwise, they would act against them.

Around 1,900 bars persisted in pirate broadcasts, which led to the complaint to the BCC. After drawing up a list of “suspects”, the cyber-squads of the central brigade designed a joint operation throughout Spain for days 11 and 12, so that the deployed agents act in full emission of the Champions League and Europa League matches. .

However, in many of the premises inspected or closed or football was not being broadcast at the time of police intervention.  In those that did, the agents removed the decoders and cited the owners as investigated to appear before the police as alleged perpetrators of a crime against intellectual property.

The League says that the annual fraud is over 500 million euros, which is the amount that, according to them, fail to earn by fraudulent emissions, for which only have Movistar, Vodafone and Orange authorization.

Source – www.diarioinformacion.com  Original news article in Spanish so some information may be lost in translation


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