Persons importing, advertising or selling “illegal streaming devices” are being warned to cease and desist or face a fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for 10 years.
This comes from the Telecommunications Authority of T&T and the T&T Intellectual Property Office, via a joint public notice.
They define illegal streaming devices as small media boxes, USB sticks or other devices that are connected to a TV and contain software allowing access to TV stations or other copyrighted content without paying.
According to the organizations, this circumvents the technological prevention measures designed to control access to copyrighted content.
They warn that persons can be prosecuted for the offence under the Copyright Act of T&T.
TATT and TTIPO are urging importers and distributors to cease and desist with immediate effect, as it will be working with law enforcement to prevent the importation and use of these devices.