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Foxtel Pirate Receives 18-Month Suspended Sentence

A Sydney man has been sentenced to serve an 18-month suspended jail term after illegally selling access to Foxtel services to thousands of people.

33-year-old Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi was convicted of criminal offences for his role in operating an illegal network that allowed over 8,000 people to access Foxtel for free.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh welcomed the ruling in a statement, and said the company hoped it would send “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,” Tonagh said.

The conviction and sentencing were the result of Foxtel’s ongoing antipiracy investigations in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police as well as digital platform security company Irdeto.

“Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” said Irdeto’s SVP of cybersecurity services Rory O’Connor.

“The seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated,” O’Connor said.

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