Police 'homing in' on illegal Amazon Fire TV Stick usage as Midland man arrested

An Amazon Fire TV Stick
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A man has been arrested by police amid a crackdown on illegal streaming. Dodgy Amazon Fire TV Sticks are sold by criminals to users who then pirate content including sports games, Hollywood movies and more.

The modified sticks are sometimes called 'fully loaded' and a detective has recently said that police are "homing in" on anyone who uses one. A 42-year-old man from Nottingham was arrested for using equipment to distribute TV shows, movies, and sports exclusive to Sky TV packages at no cost via illegal streams.

He was arrested under various acts including the Proceeds of Crime Act, Computer Misuse Act, and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. He has since been bailed whilst the investigation continues. Detective Sergeant David Beach, of Nottinghamshire Police's Cyber Crime Unit, said that the use of the dodgy sticks causes an "enormous loss to the entertainment industry."

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He added: "This action sends out a strong message that we are homing in on those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement. Not only is there an enormous loss to the entertainment industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to afford their subscription-only TV services while others cheat the system.

"Some may think paying for illegal streaming devices and services is a victimless crime but that isn't the case."

Group Director of Anti-Piracy at Sky Matt Hibbert added: "We'd like to thank Nottinghamshire Police’s Cyber Crime Team for taking this strong action against illegal streaming operators. We will continue to support law enforcement to protect our content, tackle illegal streaming, and help keep consumers safe from the risks illegal streaming can pose."