ATN Network Fined $24 Million for Sports Rights Piracy

A Swedish court has requested a bankrupt Arabic web TV organization to pay 210 million Swedish crowns ($24 million) in harms for conveying content including English Premier League soccer without consent.


Stockholm court ordered Advanced TV Network (ATN), a Sweden based advertisement company to pay a fine of 194.8 million to Oatar’s beIN sports firm and 14.6 million to Albanian TV giant DigitAlb because of Sports rights piracy and broadcasting their shows.


“It is, as indicated by the court’s feeling, appeared past sensible uncertainty that ATN at no time … had the rights to communicate the beIN diverts being referred to,” the court said in a decision dated June 29 and seen by Reuters.


The Stockholm court likewise condemned ATN proprietor Hamid al-Hamid, 58, to more than two years in jail, while his child Ahmed and another business relate condemned to multi-year each. Every one of the three was discovered blameworthy of charges including abuse of translating data and copyright infringement.


Hamid al-Hamid’s legal counselor Johan Nilsson disclosed to Reuters that he was working with Ahmed al-Hamid’s legal advisor and that they intended to advance the decision ultimately.


ATN looked into going chapter 11 in September 2016, as indicated by the court reporter. It contended in court that it had disseminated the substance with the essential understandings from the substance proprietors, as noted in the report.


One of the prosecutors for the situation, Anneli Tirud Wallin, disclosed to Reuters it was her understanding that harms could be removed from resources having a place ATN or its proprietors.


Legal advisor Jan Gruvstad, who is taking care of ATN’s liquidation, disclosed to Reuters he couldn’t instantly remark on what ATN was worth or on how soon the insolvency method would be finished.


Nordic Content Protection, a hostile to theft industry gather for Nordic supporters which initially recorded the argument against ATN in 2016, invited what it said was a historical point administering.


“The jail sentences and record fines passed on for this situation send an unmistakable message to communicate privateers,” the gathering’s CEO Anders Braf said in an announcement.


World soccer administering body FIFA, European soccer body UEFA and Formula One are exploring separate claimed illicit communicates of a substance having a place with beIN, a noteworthy worldwide games supporter working in 33 nations.

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