FCC Commissioner Wants ‘Rogue’ Set-Top Boxes Gone


FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly has asked Amazon and eBay to get tough in eliminating the boxes, which enable the streaming of pirated shows. O’Rielly is asking for the matter to be dealt with expeditiously.

“I recognize that both of your companies have taken proactive steps to remove devices that are marketed as facilitating piracy from your websites,” he said in a letter sent to the companies, Friday. “Unfortunately, despite your good work in this area, devices continue to make it to consumers through your websites.” O’Rielly added, “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 via the Commission’s equipment authorization process. Although outside the jurisdiction of the Commission, it is equally troubling that many of these devices are being used to illegally stream copyrighted content.”