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Television piracy up 40 per cent

ILLEGALLY ACCESSING the content and services of television cable stations in Portugal has increased by 40 per cent in the past year.

This latest data was revealed last week by Polícia Judiciária (PJ) Information Technology Crime Department Chief Inspector, Jorge Duque, who promised to step up measures against information crime in the coming year.

Jorge Duque was talking at a seminar on the ‘Illegal Access of Television Services’ organised by the Federation of Videogram Editors (Federação de Editores de Videogramas (FEVIP), with the participation of Anacom, national TV operators, the PJ and the Ministério Publico.

“There has been an increase in the number of people being caught in this area because of a more proactive attitude on behalf of operators who understand the damage that this type of piracy is doing,” said FEVIP Director-General, Paulo Santos.

On October 18, the PJ, as part of ‘Operation Box’, dismantled an organised network dedicated to the sale of illicit material that enables illegal and unpaid access to cable network TV channels and services.

The law currently punished illegal access to television services and content with fines of between 500 and 44,891 euros.

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