Pirated content distributor Lime Fiber raided in Nairobi  

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – A multi-agency team has raided a facility belonging to Lime Fiber for distributing pirated contents.

The operation involved the Partners Against Piracy (PAP) Association of Kenya and the Kenya Police Cybercrime and Crime Scene Forensic Units.

It saw the confiscation of crucial equipment used in the illicit operation, including 5 mobile phones, 2 VoIP headsets, and 3 CPUs.

Others were 12 hard drives, 1 laptop, 4 internet switches, and 1 optical line terminal.

Consequently, the operation has disrupted illegal connections for 3, 000 subscribers in Kasarani and Mwiki areas who were accessing freely English Premier League (EPL), WWC, and La Liga live sports through the WeCast App.

The investigations revealed that the WeCast app is installed on the client’s mobile phone or digital television upon subscription to Lime Fiber internet, where login details are provided by the perpetrators.

The distribution of pirated content by ISPs like Lime Fiber has been a sore point for many firms as it deprives revenue, impacting overall investment in quality content creation.

Additionally, it creates unfair competition for other ISPs, video on demand services, and broadcasters operating within the legal framework by adhering to copyright laws and ethical business practices, as well as paying taxes.

Already, two individuals associated with Lime Fiber have been apprehended, and the Police Cybercrime Unit is set to conduct a forensic analysis to provide a comprehensive report on the extent of these unlawful activities.

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Section 36(6) of the Copyright Act makes such infringement a criminal offence, with a fine of a maximum of Sh800,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years.

PAP, a multi-sectoral association formed to combat piracy, said that it remained steadfast in protecting intellectual property.

In a December 2021 report, PAP estimated that piracy costs the country’s creative economy approximately Sh92 billion annually in gross losses.

The report also revealed, for instance, that piracy deprives the music industry of Sh15 billion and TV stations of Sh8 billion annually.

An Irdeto survey has indicated that piracy is gaining traction, with users in five major African territories, including Kenya, making 17.4 million visits to the top 10 identified piracy sites on the internet in three months.

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