TV trader found guilty of piracy
MultiChoice has welcomed the Bellville Specialised Commercial Court’s conviction and sentencing of Jordan Mott on charges of copyright infringement.
A Moneyweb report notes that Mott was arrested in October 2020 for selling android TV boxes that gave buyers access to premium copyright-protected content, including DStv content.
In a statement, the broadcasting company confirms that Mott was charged with seven counts of contravening Section 45 of the Regulation of Interception of Communication and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act.
He was subsequently found guilty of all seven counts and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment, which was wholly suspended for a period of five years on condition that the accused was not convicted again for contravening the provisions of Section 45 of Act 70 of 2002 committed during the period of suspension.
Collen Dlamini, MultiChoice group executive for corporate affairs, said while the conviction was a significant moment in the fight against piracy it must be noted that wat is only a snapshot of the true nature of piracy.
‘As we intensify our efforts to fight piracy, I hope more convictions will follow,’ he added.
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