Prosecutors win rare appeal arguing that seller of illicit TV boxes should not be jailed

In total, Jia Xiaofeng has to pay a fine of $36,600.
In total, Jia Xiaofeng has to pay a fine of $36,600.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Prosecutors have won a rare appeal to quash an "excessive" 12-week jail term handed down to the director of a firm which sold Android TV boxes that allowed users to access pirated content.

In a landmark case involving the sale of illicit streaming devices, the original jail sentence, meted out for one charge under the Copyright Act, was replaced with a $31,200 fine by the High Court on Monday (April 6).

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