‘Gatonet’ faces up to two years in prison

Bill that deals with the punishment for the unauthorized interception or reception of pay-TV signals, the so-called “gatonets”, was approved this Tuesday (10th) by the Science, Technology, Innovation, Communication and Information Commission (CCT ). The proposal (PLS 186/2013) considers this practice a crime, punishable by detention for six months to two years.

The commission’s senators welcomed the replacement proposed by the rapporteur, Senator Srgio Peteco (PSD-AC) to the Senate bill, which was presented by Blairo Maggi (PR-MT), in order to fill a gap in the legal system. The subject had as rapporteur ad hoc Senator Lobo Filho (PMDB-MA).

“The wording in force of the Cable TV Law is limited to characterizing them as a criminal offense, not establishing the corresponding sanctions”, observes Peteco. In addition to trying to inhibit the interception and irregular reception of pay-TV signals, Peteco’s substitute extends the original text, providing for other obligations of subscribers to guarantee “a better enjoyment of services.”

He proposes that Law 12.485 / 2011, which encompasses all types of pay TV services, incorporates some devices already provided for in the Cable TV Law and in regulations issued by Anatel. Among them, that the subscriber has the duties to properly use the service and equipment provided by the providers; to pay for the provision of the service in the contracted form; and to purchase, when applicable, only equipment certified by Anatel.

The senator explained that the proposed sentence, as well as aspects of constitutionality, legality and legislative technique, will be examined by the Commission on Constitution, Justice and Citizenship (CCJ), in a terminating nature.

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