Digital TV pirates targeting ABS-CBN arrested in China

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 02 2017 04:51 PM

MANILA - ABS-CBN Corp. said Thursday owners and operators of a factory illegally programming pirate digital TV boxes to stream ABS-CBN content were arrested in China.

Arrested and charged for copyright infringement were Alan Zhou and Roland Lu of Shenzhen Welnavi Technology Co. as well as two programmers for allegedly selling illegally programmed IPTV boxes under the "Filstream" brand.

"They blatantly confused customers by using ABS-CBN’s registered trademarks and logos on their websites and social media sites. Alan Zhou and Roland Lu’s actions were despicable," said ABS-CBN’s AVP & Head of Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence.

The arrests in China were the culmination of an eight-month long investigation, the network said in a statement. 

ABS-CBN has taken a tough stand against piracy and recently sought $8 million in damages from American website Kissassian for illegally streaming its TV shows and movies. 

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