A British couple are facing life imprisonment after an MPAA sting operation revealed they were the owners of streaming links site SurfTheChannel. Aside from the use of an undercover agent who gained access to the defendants’ house under false pretenses, the case also involves an unprecedented cooperation between the US and UK governments, in which a defendant in the US was offered a deal after agreeing to cooperate and testify in a UK trial.
For years the US movie industry has tried to bring streaming links site SurfTheChannel.com to its knees.
After a chain of events that reads like a Hollywood blockbuster script, the case is now on trial with husband and wife team Anton and Kelly Vickerman as the defendants.
Hollywood sting lands “pirate” pair in the brig
A Gateshead couple are accused of running a site that enabled a billion illegal film and TV viewings a year