European Anti-Piracy Association had a successful 2007

Interesting to read that AEPOC, the European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services has reported a bumper year in 2007.

The Brussels-based organisation says that its member states are also ramping up for an even busier 2008.

In Portugal, for example AEPOC says that one of its members - TV Cabo Portugal - managed to secure the country's first-ever judgement against a couple of payTV pirates, and it expects sentencing to result in them being thrown in prison for 80 days.

The Portuguese Judiciary Police, meanwhile, are reported to have dismantled a PayTV card-sharing operation and have confiscated several servers used in the operation, along with more than 1,000 smart cards plus routers and Dreamboxes.

The Portuguese case is interesting as, back in the days when Sky TV was analogue, it was possible to hook your satbox up to the Internet and share a subscription in the Netherlands for $5 a month.

Allegedly.

Unfortunately - or fortunately, depending on the way you look at it, BSkyB has blocked such fun and games by making its digital cards in the UK `time out; to prevent IP calls across the Internet. Also, er,
allegedly.

Mind you you, they take pay TV piracy in Jordan very seriously, apparently, as another AEPOC member, Arab Media Corporation, claims to have secured a conviction against a pirate TV dealer resulting in an
$8,500 fine and 12 months in jail. All for selling two Dreamboxes.

What's a Dreambox? Read more on this interesting beastie here...