Television piracy in Dubai
Are you aware that it may be illegal to have some decoders in Dubai? The Dubai Court has imposed a fine of Dh50,000 on a distributor of UKTV (British broadcasting television network) Abroad packages, an unlicensed and unauthorised internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service in the UAE.
Following a copyright infringement complaint filed by OSN TV network against the merchant, the Dubai Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted a raid on the provider and presented evidence before the court.
The court ordered that all the digital set-top boxes, decoders confiscated from the vendor be destroyed. The dealer, a British national, can appeal the ruling within 10 days.
There has been an increase in proliferation of illegal IPTV services in the country through platforms such as UKTV Abroad, IP888 TV, Prime TV and Expat TV.
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