Guardia di Finanza and State Police blocked 5,500 illegal sites and pirate channels. This is the outcome of the “Perfect Storm” investigation conducted by law enforcement agencies to protect copyright in 19 countries. Users risk up to 3 years of imprisonment and a € 25,800 fine
They had created aparallel pay TV, earning over ten million a year to the detriment of the managers of legal platforms. All through the so-called IPTV, Internet Protocol Television, the new frontier of pirate streaming, with an organization capable of circumventing the blocks and measures taken by the official concessionaires. At the end of the investigations, coordinated by the Naples Public Prosecutor’s Office and started in 2017, the Guardia di Finanza and the telecommunications police blocked more than 5,500 live sites, servers, IT platforms and Telegram channels that offered football matches, films and other content. The operation, called ‘Perfect Storm’ involved 19 countries starting from 6 November.
What the users of illegal platforms risk
“We we have acquired a trace – the words of Deputy Prosecutor of Naples Valeria Sico – of all IP addresses of those who used the service using a landline or mobile line. In the coming months it will be evaluated how to proceed towards these people. We are talking about 5 million users. “Operation also illustrated by Lieutenant Colonel of the Guardia di Finanza, Gian Luca Berruti, during a press conference in streaming: “With the operation The Perfect Storm for now we have hit the ‘dome’ of the organization which was selling illegal IPTV content and the network of re-sellers but also customers risk from 6 months to 3 years of imprisonment and a fine of between 2,500 and 25,800 euros. Many people think only of economic convenience and do not believe they are committing anything bad: in reality, the simple possession of the device used to receive the signal, what in jargon is defined as ‘pezzotto’, constitutes a criminal offense. It is one of the reasons why, qWhen we blacked out the sites, we redirected users to a page that warned them of what they are going through.