Sky customer fined £85,000 for illegal Facebook stream of Joshua fight
A British boxing fan has been hit with a bill of £85,000 ($115,000) after his friend used his tablet to illegally stream last year's world heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko on Facebook.
Craig Foster had paid out £19.95 to pay-TV operator Sky for the pay-per-view access to the high-profile fight in April, but as the first round bell rang a "drunk friend" picked up Foster’s iPad, started recording over Facebook Live and pointed it at his TV.
The stream ended up being followed by more than 4,000 people, with Sky eventually tracking Foster down from a watermark of his account number which flashed up on screen.
Sky cancelled his subscription and sent him an £85,000 bill for the loss in revenue from PPV sales.
In a letter to Foster, Sky's lawyers said the "unlawful redistribution of [Sky’s] content is a serious matter which has a significant impact on its business."
The letter also demanded an apology "to use in education materials concerning unlawful redistribution of programmes."
It is estimated that more than 400,000 people watched Joshua beat Klitschko via illegal streams on Facebook.