Police take illegal players and in attachment in The Hague
The police on Friday in The Hague for over two hundred illegal players seized, after the Brein declaration was done of large-scale copyright infringement.
The players were on sale in a store, and contain pre-installed software that allows to easily watch movies and tv-series could be viewed from illegal sources.
In april, the European Court of Justice ruled that the sale of these specialist players are prohibited may be due to copyright infringement. Since then, “hundreds of” providers of the media players stopped, ” says director Tim Kuik of Stichting Brein against NU.nl.
Also the Hague, the seller promised to the Foundation’s Brain that he would stop the sale, and took his website offline. In his shop he went, however, simply continues with the sale. Therefore, did the foundation, which protects the interests of copyright holders, file a report with the police.
“We liked it so hondsbrutaal”, says Kuik. He wants to be with the declaration and set an example. “If you do this, you also have the police on your roof.”
It is unusual that the police in action in a auteursrechtenzaak. Usually the owners of copyright to the court for infringement to stop.
Criminal prosecution is possible only with commercial and large-scale infringements. The judge even serving a prison sentence of up to four years to impose. Kuik says that his foundation also of civil law, “a bone to pick” with the provider of media players. The foundation arranges regularly for thousands of euros, with the illegal providers of movies, tv series, software and e-books.
A spokesman of the police in The Hague could not respond directly on the matter.