MultiChoice has welcomed the Bellville Specialty Commercial Court’s conviction and sentencing of Jordan Mott for copyright infringement.
Mott was arrested in October 2020 for selling Android TV boxes that gave buyers access to premium copyrighted content, including DStv content.
In a statement, the broadcasting company confirms that Mott has been charged with seven counts of violating section 45 of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communications Information Act.
“He was subsequently found guilty on all seven counts and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, fully suspended for a period of five years on condition that the accused not be reconvicted of violating the provisions of the 45 of Law 70 of 2002 committed during the period of suspension”.
MultiChoice further notes that a sentencing order was ordered under Section 18 of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act (Poca).
Mott was also ordered to pay R60,000 into the criminal assets recovery account, he adds.
Collen Dlamini, MultiChoice Group Director for Corporate Affairs, says that while the conviction is an important moment in the fight against piracy, it should be noted that it is only a snapshot of the true nature of piracy.
“While the court’s decision is welcome, more needs to be done to minimize the negative impact of piracy on content creation and the economy. It is important that we work with law enforcement agencies to ensure hackers face the power of the law.
“As we step up our efforts to fight piracy, I hope more convictions will follow.”
The company says it has “thrown its weight” behind Partners Against Piracy to fight content piracy.
“As piracy and cybercrime grow rapidly, it’s important for us to remain vigilant and nimble and ensure perpetrators of digital crimes are brought to justice,” says Dlamini.
“The conviction of the defendant should be a warning to other perpetrators who run this illegal economy,” he adds.
“Illegal content sharing leads to serious revenue loss and cripples economies, meaning reduced investment and job losses affecting economic development.”
Nondumiso Lehutso is an intern at Moneyweb.