A 29-year-old Dutchman from Oude Wetering was convicted by a The Hague judge of piracy through card-sharing fraud giving illegal access to Ziggo’s TV offer.
Jermain R. was sentenced to perform 240 hours of community service. He was also given a conditional six-month prison sentence with a three-year probation period.
R. operated a card-sharing ring from his parents’ home in Oude Wetering from 2011 tot 2017, serving around 300 ‘customers’, who paid €75 a year rather than paying the cabler €75 a month.
However, the judge did not issue the €150,000 fine sought by the public prosecutor, and also rejected the €755,000 in damages claimed by Dutch cable operator Ziggo.
The judge rejected the compensation claim by Ziggo, because the operator could have intervened earlier to stop the illegal activities. “In addition, the injured party may have had other possibilities to stop the infringement by the defendant earlier, since the injured party was already aware of the card sharing by the defendant at an early stage.”
Ziggo owner VodafoneZiggo will now seek damages in proceedings via a civil court.