Amazon Fire TV Stick users could face £50k fine if caught illegally streaming football matches

Illegal streaming carries huge risks to perpetrators
Football fans using their Amazon Fire TV Stick devices to stream games illegally could be fined if caught (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) -Credit:Michael Regan/Getty Images

Football fans who use their Amazon Fire TV Stick devices to illegally stream Premier League matches have been issued a stern warning. They could face fines of up to £50,000 as home raids become 'inevitable' in a new crackdown on illegal streaming.

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and other UK authorities are ramping up their efforts to combat illegal streaming. High-profile raids on illegal streaming operations have been carried out in collaboration with internet service providers (ISPs).

This action has intensified since the introduction of the Digital Economy Act 2017, which targets both providers and viewers of illegal streaming services. The legislation has armed UK law enforcement with more robust tools to aggressively pursue and prosecute those involved in digital piracy.

In the UK, illegal streaming is an offence under copyright law. Offenders can face hefty fines and jail terms of up to ten years. Those found distributing illegal streams have been slapped with fines exceeding £50,000, according to Birmingham Live.

While viewers of these streams typically face less severe fines, they can still be penalised with fines often surpassing several thousand pounds, reflecting the seriousness with which the UK addresses copyright infringement.

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Downloading or streaming from unauthorised sites could can lead to online threats that jeopardise personal data and damage devices. These cyber threats could result in major data breaches or hardware problems.

Alex Hemming, a sports analyst from Free Bets Ireland, sounded the alarm, saying: "The risks associated with illegal streaming of sports in the UK are significant and multifaceted. The potential for hefty fines, criminal prosecution, and personal data compromise makes illegal streaming a risky endeavour. With more legitimate streaming options available than ever, choosing to view sports through official channels is not only the legal choice but the smarter one."