Warren Gleave made over £200,000 through the sale of streaming devices pre-loaded with Sky and other premium content that had been sourced illegally.
Matthew Hibbert, Head of Litigation at Sky UK said: “This case sends a clear message that piracy, in whatever form it takes, is illegal, and the repercussions for engaging in it can be severe”
Gareth Minty, Legal Director at Mishcon de Reya added: “More than ever, those who are illegally engaging in piracy are in jeopardy of being detected, prosecuted and convicted. Private prosecutions are being used increasingly by rights holders, which means it is no longer just the police and other state authorities investigating and prosecuting these crimes”
Gleave received his sentence at Burnley Crown Court. He had earlier pleaded guilty to participating in a fraudulent business, contrary to section 9 of the Fraud Act 2006.