A NUMBER of individuals in Limerick are to receive a legal warning in the coming days as part of a nationwide crackdown on illegal streaming.
The Limerick Post understands that notices have been issued to a number of individuals who have been involved in providing illegal access to premium television content, including materials from Sky television and the Premier League.
The notices are to be a combination of in-person visits, emails, and letters provided to individuals throughout the city and county.
The cease-and-desist orders will in effect instruct these individuals that they are to immediately end all illegal streaming activity, or risk criminal prosecution.
“Illegal IPTV (Internet Protocol television) service providers are a significant problem in Ireland,” said Kieron Sharp, chief executive of FACT, the organisation tackling intellectual property theft and copyright infringement in the film and television industries in Ireland and the UK.
“This is criminal activity and those involved are not concerned about the risks their streams pose to consumers.”
The clampdown comes as part of a nationwide effort to curb illegal streaming, which, according to FACT, can lead to incidences of identity theft, fraud, and data loss, as well as a wide array of other scams.
Public notices have been issued to a number of individuals in Limerick, as well Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Tipperary, Meath, Mayo, Offaly, Wexford, Wicklow, Kildare, and Donegal.