Through a collaborative effort between The Dutch Police, The Public Prosecution Service, Dutch TV providers and Irdeto, it was announced today that Police raided five homes in Apeldoorn, Enschede, Vlagtwedde and the Hague arresting severalpeople suspected of operating illegal Card sharing piracy networks.
Last year, the Dutch Police received several tips from the largest television operators in the Netherlands and Irdeto, a media protection, revenue assurance and anti-piracy partner to the pay media industry. Extensive investigations were conducted, which culminated in the raids. The raids are part of a larger effort by all parties to take a leadership role in fighting TV piracy in the country.
“It is our intent for these raids to send a strong message that this type of TV piracy is illegal and will not be tolerated in The Netherlands,” says Ger Laning of the Dutch Police. “Piracy is a serious threat to pay media companies worldwide and to our local Dutch TV providers. We saw a unique opportunity to work with technology and anti-piracy experts like Irdeto to disrupt pirate activity. In the future, the Dutch Police will explore further actions against this form of cybercrime, which results in a revenue loss for Dutch pay TV operators.”