Shenzhen
02 March 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Filstream pirates taken down


Shenzhen police have arrested the owners and creators of the illegal pirate IPTV boxes, Filstream, which allows users to stream ABS-CBN content.

Alan Zhou and Roland Lu face seven years in jail for copyright infringement after the police raided their factory and seized servers and business records.

The arrests mark the end of an eight-month long investigation, led by ABS-CBN, which has resulted in the seizure of Filstream box distributors in Illinois and Florida.

Elisha Lawrence, head of global anti-piracy at ABS-CBN, said: “Alan Zhou and Roland Lu have disrupted ABS-CBN’s legitimate business.”

“They contacted customers of ABS-CBN offering their boxes in lieu of ABS-CBN’s legitimate IPTV boxes. 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.”

Raffy Lopez, COO at ABS-CBN, added: “The management of ABS-CBN has absolutely no tolerance for content piracy.”

“Piracy is like a cancer in the content industry. The pirates, in their selfish pursuit of short-term profits, have absolutely no regard for their negative impact on the industry. We will continue our vigilance in finding and prosecuting all pirates regardless of the cost.”

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