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July 6, 2009

Virgin Media set top boxes seized by police


by David Allen

The Thames Valley Police in Tilehurst, Reading have seized up to sixty Virgin Media set top boxes, in a joint operation with Virgin Media and the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association.

The raids come as Virgin Media attempts to stop the modification of its equipment.

These set top boxes can then be used to view content without having to pay for it which costs the industry and Virgin Media money.

The police say that modifying a set top box is a serious offence under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

According to Virgin Media, it takes the matter of modifying set top boxes very seriously and will work with all police forces around the UK to prosecute individuals connected with this sort of fraud.

Following the raid, a twenty five year old man from Tilehurst was arrested on suspicion of defrauding Virgin Media.

He has been bailed until the 6th October.

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