Premier League: Man fined £1m after illegally streaming games

Individual given 7-year jail sentence and £1 million ban fine for illegally streaming PL games

In March 2019, an individual named Steven King was found guilty of supplying illegal streaming devices (ISDs) providing unauthorised access to Premier League content.

King masterminded the pirate streaming operation Dreambox and was given a jail sentence of seven years and four months.

Paul Rolston received six years and four months for his part, while Daniel Malone was handed a sentence of three years and three months.

The trio traded under the names Dreambox (unincorporated), Dreambox TV Limited, and Digital Switchover Limited, via websites at dreamboxtv.co.uk and yourfootie.com.

They provided illegal access to Premier League football to more than 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes throughout England and Wales.

It is estimated that the companies earned over £5 million during their time in operation.

The Premier League have now confirmed that, at Warwick Crown Court on Monday, King was ordered to forfeit the proceeds of his criminal activities and pay back £963,000.

If he doesn’t pay the money back within three months, King will have his prison sentence extended by an additional six years and eight months.

Individual given 7-year jail sentence and £1 million ban fine for illegally streaming PL games
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 08: A general view of a Premier League Match Ball prior to kick off of the Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on May 08, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

King must also surrender his passport within 28 days and cannot travel abroad until the sum has been paid.

Premier League General Counsel Kevin Plumb said: “This result clearly shows that supplying illegal streams is a criminal offence leading to prison sentences and significant financial consequences. We are pleased the courts have recognised the seriousness of piracy-related crimes and the Premier League has requested all money recovered goes back to public bodies, including law enforcement agencies, to help them continue the fantastic work they do in helping bring people like this to justice.

“The vast majority of our fans watch Premier League action via authorised sources but for those who don’t, they must be aware this is not only an illegal activity that can lead to custodial sentences but they also risk becoming victims of hacking and fraud. We will continue to work with law enforcement to tackle piracy of our content and to educate fans on the dangers of watching Premier League matches via unauthorised streams.”

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