Multichoice Ghana Fights Piracy

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MultiChoice Ghana with the assistance of the Ghana Police and the National Communications Authority, have recently succeeded in arresting and prosecuting a ring that have been involved in operating pirate DStv services.
On the 28th March 2012 two individuals were arrested for operating a pirate MMDS system in Bujumbura.  Subsequent to this, they pleaded guilty in court on 23 August 2012 and are due to be sentenced in September 2012  
The raid was carried out by a team from the Ghanaian Police, assembled by the Piracy Desk of the CID ASP Seth Sewornu.  They raided the pirate outlets and warehouse which were selling and distributing illegal equipment, which will be destroyed. This was following investigations into two kinds of piracy in Mankessim, Tarkwa and Budunburam. The first type was the use of multiple DSTV decoders and the second was the use of a non DSTV decoder and an antenna to hack into DStv signals for rebroadcast at a monthly fee to subscribers.
MultiChoice Ghana congratulates the Police for their professional and successful initiative which is aimed at combating piracy.
Eleven raids in total have been carried out and the team is currently working on another investigation that will lead to arrests of several people operating DStv pirate systems.
Cecil Sunkwa – Mills, General Manager of Multichoice Ghana commented “Piracy has a detrimental impact on the whole television, production, music industry and will lead to the erosion of many livelihoods – especially for artists’, actors, musicians and filmmakers’ as it infringes directly on copyright and as a result any payment for the work these artist produce. Piracy also has a detrimental effect on the economy as these operations are not registered businesses and hence do not contribute to tax, employment or the growth of the television industry in Ghana”.
MultiChoice advises television viewers to check that the operation that they are subscribing to is legitimate in terms of its content rights and is on the latest technology, failing to do so may result in the loss of any investment that has been made in receiving equipment.  

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