Brit caught illegally streaming Sky Sports slapped with £16,000 legal bill

The crackdown on illegal streaming in the UK continues, with the High Court ordering a British man to pay £16,000 in legal costs for illegally streaming Sky Sports.

Mr Yusuf Mohammed of Bristol ran a “well-known piracy blog,” according to a report in The Independent, and will also be required to pay damages to Sky.

Further details of the civil settlement are unclear at present, but UK intellectual property protection body FACT has praised the ruling, which follows hot on the heels of a number of other high-profile cases involving illegal streaming.

“This is the latest action taken in the ongoing crackdown on illegal digital piracy. It should now be crystal clear to anyone thinking of pirating or watching a pirated stream that this is not a grey area and that it is illegal,” FACT CEO Kieron Sharp told The Indy.

Related: What is Kodi and is Kodi legal?

One particularly high-profile case saw Middlesbrough electronics seller Brian Thompson slapped with an 18-month suspended prison sentence, after pleading guilty to charges related to the sale of so-called ‘fully loaded’ Kodi boxes.

Issuing the ruling at Teeside Crown Court, Judge Peter Armstrong said:

“If anyone was under any illusion as to whether such devices as these, fully loaded Kodi boxes, were illegal or not, they can no longer be in any doubt. I’ve come to the conclusion that in all the circumstances, an immediate custodial sentence is not called for. As a warning to others in future, they may not be so lucky.”

As we’ve often pointed out, Kodi itself is a perfectly legal HTPC (Home Theatre PC) platform. However, its open-source nature means that it’s possible – easy, even – to augment the core software with piracy-enabling ‘add-ons’ that provide access to illegal sport, TV, and film streams.

Should you wish to find out what all the fuss is about without potentially falling foul of the law, check out our guide to the best legal Kodi add-ons.

Related: How to install Kodi on a Fire TV Stick 

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