Another man has been before the courts for selling TV boxes which allow viewers to illegally watch Sky and BT Sports.
Anthony Ayre, 32, advertised the devices on Facebook – and also sold fake football shirts and designer handbags, clothing and jewelry.
Ayre received a six week sentence, suspended for six months, at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
It is the latest case of people being hauled before the courts after trying to get round subscription TV rules.
Earlier this month, the firm which owns the Navigation pub near the Riverside Stadium were fined £8,000 for showing a Boro game on a ‘Kodi’ box, instead of paying for a Sky Sports subscription.
And last month Kodi box dealer Brian Thompson denied selling the boxes ‘pre-loaded’ at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in what was thought to be the first prosecution of its kind.
The TV boxes stream content – including sports and movies – from the internet, and are attractive as they are much cheaper than a Sky subscription.
In the latest case Ayre, of Dene Road, Blackhall, near Hartlepool , was taken to court by Durham County Council for ten counts of breaching trademark and copyright laws.
The court heard how Ayre had been using Facebook to sell the TV devices, which were found to contain the illegal software which allows access to subscription channels without having to sign up.
Investigations revealed that Ayre said he had TV boxes with all channels for £100 and could supply items including trademark handbags, purses, jewelry and make-up sets.
A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home in November last year and around 40 TV devices were seized, as well as a number of suspected counterfeit items.
The defendant voluntarily attended an interview and replied “no comment” to most questions.
The TV boxes seized from Ayre’s home were examined by the regional trading standards Scam busters Team before being forwarded to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) for further assessment.
FACT found that the TV devices had the ability to access copyright infringing content from providers such as Sky and BT.
Nike trainers, MAC make-up sets, Michael Kors merchandise and a Sunderland football shirt were also discovered to be fakes.
In court, Ayre pleaded guilty to the charges with the court hearing he is of previous good character.
He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org