Crimestoppers campaign funded by the IPO and industry partners

Intellectual Property Office

December 1
14:05 2017

The campaign launches on 1 December 2017 with the aim of raising awareness of the risks involved in using illicit streaming devices for adapted Kodi boxes and Amazon Fire Sticks.

Why is the campaign needed?

  • digital piracy is often run by criminal gangs and individuals to make money that is then fed into other serious organised crime
  • in our IP enforcement 2020 strategy we explained the importance of tackling IP infringement and reducing the level of illegal content online. This campaign will help us to achieve that
  • it is a big issue across the UK. Our Intelligence Hub estimates that a million of these boxes with software added to them to illegally download content have been sold in the UK in the last couple of years
  • on a series of product safety tests on streaming devices in the UK, 100% failed to meet national and EU electrical safety regulations and therefore could pose fire and electrical risks to consumers

The campaign is a digital campaign that has videos covering four key risks to consumers:

Video 1

Children are able to access age inappropriate content due to the lack of parental controls.

Video 2

Issues around personal security and potential identity theft.

Video 3

Links from the money made from selling these devices to serious organised crime.

Video 4

Selling these devices with add-on is illegal as well as streaming the content.

Where can I go to get more information?

Crimestoppers have created a landing page on their website and we have also produced guidance on illicit streaming devices.

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