A MAN who streamed football matches over the internet and charged people to watch them has avoided a prison sentence.
Gary Goodger started the 'freelivefooty' website eight years ago when he was just 16. Now 24 he was found guilty last December.
"Goodger is believed to have made tens of thousands of pounds through illegally streaming football matches to subscribers to his website, although no exact figure is available due to the complexity of the investigation," said detective constable Lisa Child from Thames Valley Police's Economic Crime Unit last year.
"We will now be looking to take action under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover some of the cash he made illegally."
The case was bought by the Federation against Copyright Theft (Fact). And it seems reasonably happy with the result.
"This is a groundbreaking case, proving conclusively that operating a website that rebroadcasts copyrighted works without permission is a criminal offence," said Kieron Sharp, Fact director general.
Earlier Fact said that it had sent Goodger, who ran a satellite TV and multi-computer set up at home and processed payments using Paypal, a number of cease and desist letters, all of which he apparently ignored.
Goodger was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a £1,750 fine at Reading Crown Court. µ