Sydney man convicted over Foxtel piracy

Foxtel CEO says ruling should send a strong signal that copyright theft is illegal.

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A 33 year old Sydney man, Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, was yesterday convicted in Downing Centre Court of selling of unauthorised access to Foxtel services.

Al Baghdadi received an 18 month suspended jail term after operating an illegal network that allowed more than 8000 people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free.

The Australian Federal Police, Foxtel investigators, and digital platform security Irdeto uncovered an organised criminal network responsible for committing a wide-range of intellectual property theft of Foxtel services.

Foxtel’s CEO, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal. Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love.

“Foxtel conducts ongoing investigations into the theft of Foxtel programming and we are proud to work so closely with the AFP and our partners at Irdeto to ensure the full force of the law is applied to protect our content.”

Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services at Irdeto, said, “This conviction is another step forward in the global fight against online piracy. The seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated. Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

In 2014 father and son, Michael Scherle, 48 years old and Daniel Albert Clark, 24 years old, were convicted as part of the same investigation.

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