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If you think streaming TV content illegally could save you money, think again. One British man has been ordered to pay £16,000 in legal costs for illegally streaming Sky Sports.

Mr Yusuf Mohammed of Bristol ran a "well-known piracy blog". He will also have to pay damages to Sky.

It's one of a recent spate of rulings penalising people who sell or use illegal streaming devices in the UK.

UK intellectual property protection body FACT praised the ruling.

"This is the latest action taken in the ongoing crackdown on illegal digital piracy," Kieron Sharp, FACT's CEO, told The Independent. "It should now be crystal clear to anyone thinking of pirating or watching a pirated stream that is not a grey area and that it is illegal."

Sky said the ruling was a victory for law-abiding viewers.

"Millions of people pay for content and it isn't fair to them that others choose to steal it," said Matthew Hibbert, Sky's head of litigation. "We will always try to protect the interests of customers who are doing the right thing."

'Fully-loaded' Kodi boxes – devices that are all set up for pirating content – have repeatedly fallen foul of the law. (One recent example saw a Middlesborough man given an 18-month suspended prison sentence for selling them.) Though Kodi devices themselves are not illegal, using their easily-attainable piracy-enabling add-ons could land you in some very hot water indeed.

Source: The Independent

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