Illegal set top boxes found in raid

March 27, 2008

Illegal set top boxes found in raid

Over 250 illegal digital TV set top boxes have been found in house raided by the police in Wigan.

This followed a police operation that attended the Wigan Computer fair, where they arrested a man who was selling the set top boxes.

These were standard free to air set top boxes which had been modified so that they could pick up the channels that would normally require a subscription for free.

At the house the police found over 254 of these modified boxes, £4,000 in cash and three computers. This has been a success for the police this time, but it just goes to show the extent that people are prepared to go through in order to view satellite TV.

The problem here is that there may not be much that can be done about owning a free to air set top box which can pick up all the satellite channels for free. This may be why the man has been charged with Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988!


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  1. Alan says:

    There are a good number of defences under that Act – be interesting to see under what section(s) he is charged with.

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