AFP busts Pay TV pirates
Is this the first time Free to Air has championed the rights of Pay TV via an on-air programme?
People smuggling? Drug trafficking? Child prostitution? Nope -next week’s episode of AFP: Australian Federal Police sets its sights on Pay TV Pirates.
The AFP targets two Sydney men who sell sell pirated subscription television smart cards, known as gamma cards, which provide unauthorised access to Pay TV signals.
The show even goes inside Foxtel’s North Ryde headquarters to learn about the ramifications of stealing intellectual property. It must be a first that a Free to Air series is championing the rights of Subscription TV through an on-air programme.
But as we learn it’s a serious, if less common crime. According to the show it’s the first time the AFP have gone after such a crime.
Two men were convicted at the Downing Centre District Court in 2009.
However, the industry has seen earlier arrests for piracy. In 2008 the AFP raided properties in three states and charged two Victorians with making and selling fake pay TV cards -maybe it’s a related case.
In 2007 the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a WA technology business for dealing in piracy equipment and software and awarded Foxtel $1m damages.
AFP airs 8pm Tuesday on Nine.