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Boxing Fan Cracked With 85,000 Bill Over Illegal Facebook Stream

According to a report in The Mirror, a boxing fan was hit with an £85,000 demand after his Ipad was used as a device to stream a Sky Sports pay-per-view from April 2016, featuring Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko, to 4,250 people on Facebook.

Craig Foster, 34, paid  £19.95 to watch the sell-out Wembley bout on Sky at home with friends.

Foster claims that one his friends the IPad, brought up Facebook Live, and pointed it at the TV to stream the event.

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Sky was able to track Foster down from a watermark of his account number which flashed up on screen during the fight.

The network cancelled his subscription – and sent him an £85,000 demand for the loss in revenue from pay-per-view sales.

“I’d paid for the boxing, it wasn’t like I was making any money. My iPad was signed in to my Facebook account and my friend just started streaming the fight," Foster told the paper.

“I didn’t think anything of it, then a few days later they cut my subscription. They’re demanding the names and addresses of all my mates who were round that night but I’m not going to give them up. I said I’d take the rap.

“They’re making an example of me. I know streaming the fight was wrong. I didn’t stop my friend but I was watching the boxing. I’m just a bloke who had a few drinks with his friends.”

Law firm Foot Anstey LLP, who represent Sky, also ordered Foster to pay £5,000 in legal costs or face court over the full amount.

The lawyers also demanded an apology “to use in education materials concerning unlawful redistribution of programmes.”

“It’s heavy-handed. I’ve apologised and told them we were drunk,” Foster said.

Neil Parkes, of Foot Anstey, said: “Mr Foster broke the law. He has acknowledged his wrongdoing, apologised and signed a legally binding agreement to pay a sum of £5,000 to Sky.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by McNulty on 01-07-2018

[QUOTE=el***;18387818]hes not being charged criminally, hes being sued by Sky. Sky may not even care if they win, they want the story out there to scare others from not doing it. They can afford to spend much more on lawyers…

Comment by JrRod on 01-07-2018

Been paying for boxing for years. I've never been a fan of streams. However 85k seems excessive.

Comment by siablo14 on 01-07-2018

That's what the freeloaders get. No to streaming! No freeloaders! Am I right, my Republican/Conservative friends?

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 01-07-2018

Stop mooching.

Comment by OnePunch on 01-07-2018

[QUOTE=volt;18387947]this is [email protected] just shows what bloodsucking vampires are in boxing promo/tv.[/QUOTE] yes. the nerve of them to invest money in a product and then not want to give it away for free.

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