Video piracy becomes a serious issue in the fast-growing Digital Era. Amazon and eBay caught in the controversy as the Federal Communications Commission sent the letter to the chief executives of Amazon and eBay to remove the listings for fake pay-TV boxes with fake FCC seals from respective websites.
The e-commerce giant, Amazon immediately responded while stating it already takes steps to prevent the sale of these products but that it is willing to step up enforcement if any deliveries still for sale on the platform.
FCC wrote in the letter, “Disturbingly, some rogue set-top box manufacturers and distributors are exploiting the FCC’s trusted logo by fraudulently placing it on devices that have not been approved” and selling them “through online marketplaces such as yours.”
The FCC is referring to the growing trend of consumers using otherwise legal software apps with inexpensive set-top boxes. Cord cutters searching for cheaper alternatives to traditional pay-TV subscriptions have been gravitating towards these setups.
Amazon Public Policy VP Brian Huseman wrote in a response, “We strictly prohibit the sale of IP-infringing and non-compliant products.” Amazon said that its sales policy of streaming media players has provisions designed to prevent piracy.
Amazon says, as part of the application process, you must send in a sample product for every model of streaming media player to Amazon” and submit detailed information about the product.
Apart from this, Netflix and Amazon won a preliminary injunction in January against TickBoxTV, a Georgia entity that was selling illegal boxes.
The Federal Communications Commission’s letter recognized efforts by Amazon and eBay to stop selling offending devices, those listed with “never pay another cable bill”.