Popular sports streaming site Rojadirecta finds itself at the center of a criminal lawsuit in Spain. The prosecution seeks a four-year prison sentence for the operator and up to two years for five accomplices. Spanish football league LaLiga and Mediapro demand even higher sentences and also want six million euros in damages.
Founded more than 16 years ago, Rojadirecta is one of the oldest and most popular linking sites for sports streaming events.
The site, which is operated by the Spanish company Puerto 80 Projects, has built a loyal user base over the years. At the same time, it has fought quite a few legal battles too.
Copyright holders have repeatedly accused Rojadirecta of facilitating piracy because users share links to unauthorized broadcasts. This has landed the site in court on more than one occasion and also drew the attention of the US Department of Justice.
In 2011, Rojadirecta’s domain name was seized by U.S. authorities…