Hong Kong – CASBAA, the Asian association of the pay-TV industry, lauded Indian police action in busting up a ring of streaming-TV pirates and arresting four conspirators in Hyderabad. The activities of the ring were aimed at diverting the signals of Indian pay-TV broadcasters onto the internet, and retransmitting their signals globally to hundreds of thousands of viewers who paid for a “Jadoo TV” streaming media box.

“Congratulations and kudos to the Hyderabad police Cyber Crime wing,” said CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter. “We are pleased that Indian authorities will not accept that the hard work of Indian creators, artists, and production teams is stolen with impunity and spread around the world for the benefit of criminal syndicates.”

Industry sources reported that the premises in the Secunderabad area raided by police contained equipment for intercepting more than a hundred TV channels. These were streamed free to customers overseas who purchased Jadoo TV boxes costing between US$250 and $300. CASBAA Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros pointed out that the boxes are cleverly designed to maintain “deniability” for copyright violations, and foist the responsibility onto ostensible “users” in far-flung parts of the world.

“This is a great example of piracy masquerading as “user-generated content” said Medeiros, “but the good police work in India has unveiled the business end of this syndicate, where the content was being stolen.”