Anatel will fine anyone who uses a pirated TV Box

With an eye on piracy in Brazil, the Anatel is implementing a new way to combat pirated Box TVs. Although the agency has already created measures against those who sell this equipment without approval, the idea now is to fine those who use these products. For users and MEI, the fine will be R$ 110🇧🇷 In the case of companies, this value can reach BRL 30 million🇧🇷

Anatel will impose fines on those who use TV Box without approval

Anyone who uses a pirated TV Box can suffer a fine of R$ 110 and risks of lawsuits (Credit: Adalton Bonaventura/Oficina da Net)
Anyone who uses a pirated TV Box can suffer a fine of R$ 110 and risks of lawsuits (Credit: Adalton Bonaventura/Oficina da Net)

On May 27, Anatel finalized the Public Consultation No. 24 which not only authorized the application of fines to TV Box users that do not have the proper approval from the agency, but also defined the basis for calculating the fine for users, individual micro-entrepreneurs (MEI) and large companies.

Finally, it was at the beginning of this month that Anatel approved a new methodology for charging amounts, where users and MEIs can be fined up to R$ 110 for minor infractions, while large companies that sell this illegal equipment can reach be fined up to R$ 30 million.

How will Anatel know who uses a pirated TV Box?

The fine will be applied to any natural or legal person who uses or sells any model of TV Box that is not homologated. But for this fine to reach the offender, it will first be necessary for a complaint to be made🇧🇷

Anatel will investigate those who are denounced using pirated TV Box
Anatel will investigate those who are denounced using pirated TV Box

In practice, if a person has a pirated TV Box at home, just someone entering the house and denouncing the offender would cause Anatel to apply a fine. However, in addition to the fine, there is the risk of the user being prosecuted for crimes of copyright infringement (Art. 184 of the Penal Code) it’s from contraband (Art. 334-A) — both mentioned in Anatel’s official communiqué. According to the law, using TV Box or any pirated IPTV platform can generate a penalty of two to four years in a closed regime.

What are pirated TV Boxes?

TV Boxes are equipment that can transform a regular TV into a smart TV, with internet access, YouTube, Spotify, Netflix and other platforms. However, there are illegal products that have a type of system of their own that allows access to restricted subscription content, such as cable TV channels, as well as streaming movies and series.

Anatel informs:

TV Box is any equipment that transforms a regular TV into a smart TV, without gaps for installing software that allows piracy.

It is worth remembering, however, that Anatel opened a Public Consultation in September to define what in fact can be considered a TV Box. Among the requirements, this equipment must have a system that is or is not prohibited by the Brazilian regulatory body.

Source: Torrent Freak

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