Man wins TV licence battle

First published in News

A MAN who took on the TV Licensing authority in court and won is still waiting for his costs to be paid.

Michael Shakespeare, from Grays, made sure all his equipment at home could not receive a live TV signal and watched catch up TV through the internet, which you do not need a TV licence for.

Mr Shakespeare wrote to the authority to inform it what he had done, inviting it to send someone round to check it out.

An inspector was sent round to check the equipment and Mr Shakespeare filmed it.

He heard nothing more until five months later, when a summons for court arrived in the post for non-payment of his TV licence.

TV Licensing obtained a copy of Mr Shakespeare’s video, which was uploaded on to YouTube, and said it showed a frozen image on a TV screen of The One Show, proving Mr Shakespeare was receiving live TV.

But Mr Shakespeare said the image was not present in his original video.

In a landmark case at Basildon Crown Court, the judge found Mr Shakespeare had no case to answer, as TV Licensing could not prove the validity of the video. Their own inspector also said in court he had not seen the frozen image when he visited.

The judge ordered that Mr Shakespeare’s defense costs, in the region of £3,000, be paid through central funds, a separate source of funding managed by the Ministry of Justice.

He said: “This case wasted a year of my life and cost me in the region of about £18,000 as I had to employ expert witnesses.

“It was a brilliant result because it proved they didn’t have a shred of evidence that was arguable in law, but they still went ahead anyway.

“I believe they were trying to punish me because I was a political opponent to licensing.”

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4:28pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Sao Paulo says...

This case highlights what a nasty and fascist organisation the BBC is. Someone claiming to be the BBC solicitor even posted on the site with details of the case before the allotted time frame.

http://www.tvlicence
resistance.info/foru
m/index.php/topic,50
93.msg32241.html
This case highlights what a nasty and fascist organisation the BBC is. Someone claiming to be the BBC solicitor even posted on the site with details of the case before the allotted time frame. http://www.tvlicence resistance.info/foru m/index.php/topic,50 93.msg32241.html Sao Paulo
  • Score: 9

5:56pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Val Smith says...

It's about time a newspaper reported some reality about the BBC TV Licensing business instead of the propaganda about how many evaders are being caught.

Congratulations to Mr Shakespeare for sticking the boot into BBC TV Licensing.
It's about time a newspaper reported some reality about the BBC TV Licensing business instead of the propaganda about how many evaders are being caught. Congratulations to Mr Shakespeare for sticking the boot into BBC TV Licensing. Val Smith
  • Score: 16

7:44pm Sun 12 Aug 12

jb411 says...

He should issue them with a writ for non payment. Or get intouch with Watchdog!
He should issue them with a writ for non payment. Or get intouch with Watchdog! jb411
  • Score: 16

9:03pm Sun 12 Aug 12

Always Schmieling says...

I wonder when FBH will join the party, they'll be along but, it's a weekend so I guess they won't check tvlr until tomorrow. Congrats Shakey you've been vindicated and shown the way.
I wonder when FBH will join the party, they'll be along but, it's a weekend so I guess they won't check tvlr until tomorrow. Congrats Shakey you've been vindicated and shown the way. Always Schmieling
  • Score: 5

9:13pm Sun 12 Aug 12

RebelSouls says...

Well done Mr Shakspeare and well done to the Thurrock Gazette for posting this story.

Up and down the country more and more people are seeing the true BBC and more people are saying enough is enough

Time to scrap this outdated licence tax
Well done Mr Shakspeare and well done to the Thurrock Gazette for posting this story. Up and down the country more and more people are seeing the true BBC and more people are saying enough is enough Time to scrap this outdated licence tax RebelSouls
  • Score: 9

8:44am Mon 13 Aug 12

M.Shakey says...

Thanks for all the support. TVL pursued the case because their expert witness Mr Peter Jones demonstrated that my perfectly legal system could be adapted to receive 'live broadcasts' within 30-40 seconds thus making it illegal. TVL were scared that 'evaders' would use my method alongside Mr Jones's method to 'avoid' the licence fee as they knew that they could not detect 'live broadcasts' with any of their fabled 'detection equipment'. It was shown that in my case I could not use Mr Jones method of TV licence evasion due to the timings of the visit.
Thanks for all the support. TVL pursued the case because their expert witness Mr Peter Jones demonstrated that my perfectly legal system could be adapted to receive 'live broadcasts' within 30-40 seconds thus making it illegal. TVL were scared that 'evaders' would use my method alongside Mr Jones's method to 'avoid' the licence fee as they knew that they could not detect 'live broadcasts' with any of their fabled 'detection equipment'. It was shown that in my case I could not use Mr Jones method of TV licence evasion due to the timings of the visit. M.Shakey
  • Score: 11

9:52am Mon 13 Aug 12

Legally Licence Free says...

This was an appalling abuse of privilege to actually falsify a screen image in order to win a case. The depths that this draconian bureaucracy have sunk to in order to protect their corporate interest are well outside the bounds of acceptability. The BBC along with TV Licensing should hang their heads in shame. Well Done for standing up to them. I hope you retrieve the full amount of your costs.
This was an appalling abuse of privilege to actually falsify a screen image in order to win a case. The depths that this draconian bureaucracy have sunk to in order to protect their corporate interest are well outside the bounds of acceptability. The BBC along with TV Licensing should hang their heads in shame. Well Done for standing up to them. I hope you retrieve the full amount of your costs. Legally Licence Free
  • Score: 13

10:12am Mon 13 Aug 12

M.Shakey says...

@ Legally Licence Free
I am glad you noticed this part of the article Quote "But Mr Shakespeare said the image was not present in his original video.

In a landmark case at Basildon Crown Court, the judge found Mr Shakespeare had no case to answer, as TV Licensing could not prove the validity of the video. Their own inspector also said in court he had not seen the frozen image when he visited. " Unquote. The fact that both myself and EVEN the guy who 'inspected' my 'equipment' DID NOT SEE the frozen image, (that the WHOLE case was based on), seems to suggest that the 'evidence' was 'fabricated' in some way.
@ Legally Licence Free I am glad you noticed this part of the article Quote "But Mr Shakespeare said the image was not present in his original video. In a landmark case at Basildon Crown Court, the judge found Mr Shakespeare had no case to answer, as TV Licensing could not prove the validity of the video. Their own inspector also said in court he had not seen the frozen image when he visited. " Unquote. The fact that both myself and EVEN the guy who 'inspected' my 'equipment' DID NOT SEE the frozen image, (that the WHOLE case was based on), seems to suggest that the 'evidence' was 'fabricated' in some way. M.Shakey
  • Score: 8

12:10pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Sao Paulo says...

Seems you can only get justice in the higher courts these days because the some of the Magistrates are on first name terms with the BBC solicitors.

They also get propaganda magazines from them and are offered free courses, now can you imagine a private company getting away with this!

The latest person complaining today was naive enough to speak to the BBC sales goons, he said no comment but signed their form only to have lies added to it so they hit targets and commission, the BBC are corrupt to the core http://bit.ly/OdWdc0
Seems you can only get justice in the higher courts these days because the some of the Magistrates are on first name terms with the BBC solicitors. They also get propaganda magazines from them and are offered free courses, now can you imagine a private company getting away with this! The latest person complaining today was naive enough to speak to the BBC sales goons, he said no comment but signed their form only to have lies added to it so they hit targets and commission, the BBC are corrupt to the core http://bit.ly/OdWdc0 Sao Paulo
  • Score: 10

3:32pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Hieronymous2 says...

I applaud the Thurrock Gazette for having "grown a pair" and highlighted the misdemeanours of the BBC under it's TV Licensing™ guise.

It makes a refreshing change from the usual, unchallenged PR propaganda.
I applaud the Thurrock Gazette for having "grown a pair" and highlighted the misdemeanours of the BBC under it's TV Licensing™ guise. It makes a refreshing change from the usual, unchallenged PR propaganda. Hieronymous2
  • Score: 7

4:52pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Cyril-Hutton says...

Yes, I hope you soon get ALL your expences in full, otherwise, where is the justice?
Yes, I hope you soon get ALL your expences in full, otherwise, where is the justice? Cyril-Hutton
  • Score: 4

5:33pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Sour Paulo says...

Chances are that this was a set up and not by TVL because nearly all of those who are supposedly LLF are lying in the first place.

This guy will get clobbered one day, it's called karma.
Chances are that this was a set up and not by TVL because nearly all of those who are supposedly LLF are lying in the first place. This guy will get clobbered one day, it's called karma. Sour Paulo
  • Score: -7

6:03pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Sao Paulo says...

Sour Paulo wrote:
Chances are that this was a set up and not by TVL because nearly all of those who are supposedly LLF are lying in the first place.

This guy will get clobbered one day, it's called karma.
So the BBC's PR people are claiming the legal documentation and the Judges decision are all "set up" because the BBC is beyond doubt?
[quote][p][bold]Sour Paulo[/bold] wrote: Chances are that this was a set up and not by TVL because nearly all of those who are supposedly LLF are lying in the first place. This guy will get clobbered one day, it's called karma.[/p][/quote]So the BBC's PR people are claiming the legal documentation and the Judges decision are all "set up" because the BBC is beyond doubt? Sao Paulo
  • Score: 6

6:53pm Mon 13 Aug 12

ianatthefarm says...

Best news i have heard in ages, Well done that man
Best news i have heard in ages, Well done that man ianatthefarm
  • Score: 6

8:07pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Hieronymous2 says...

Sour Paulo wrote:
Chances are that this was a set up and not by TVL because nearly all of those who are supposedly LLF are lying in the first place.

This guy will get clobbered one day, it's called karma.
I do hope you have some hard evidence to back up that assertion.

Otherwise you might get clobbered one day.

It's called libel.
[quote][p][bold]Sour Paulo[/bold] wrote: Chances are that this was a set up and not by TVL because nearly all of those who are supposedly LLF are lying in the first place. This guy will get clobbered one day, it's called karma.[/p][/quote]I do hope you have some hard evidence to back up that assertion. Otherwise you might get clobbered one day. It's called libel. Hieronymous2
  • Score: 9

8:55pm Mon 13 Aug 12

MrHelsey says...

Great news makes a change from the propaganda put out from the Fishybone men.

Well done Sir.
Great news makes a change from the propaganda put out from the Fishybone men. Well done Sir. MrHelsey
  • Score: 5

9:34pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Always Schmieling says...

Oh look someone from Fishburn Hedges one of the other PR companies employed to spout for the beeb or Capita has turned up to the party. The fact that they chose to rip off the username of a known licence refusenik shows they are not a casual commentator.

These people are being paid to troll websites and forums with licence fee money
Oh look someone from Fishburn Hedges one of the other PR companies employed to spout for the beeb or Capita has turned up to the party. The fact that they chose to rip off the username of a known licence refusenik shows they are not a casual commentator. These people are being paid to troll websites and forums with licence fee money Always Schmieling
  • Score: 6

9:53pm Mon 13 Aug 12

LegalOccupier says...

Congratulations on your win in court and for showing up the BBC.

Nice to see good happy news in the papers for a change.

Let us all hope more people stand up to the bullyboys when they come round banging on the doors with their threats and lies.
Congratulations on your win in court and for showing up the BBC. Nice to see good happy news in the papers for a change. Let us all hope more people stand up to the bullyboys when they come round banging on the doors with their threats and lies. LegalOccupier
  • Score: 7

6:03am Tue 14 Aug 12

Hieronymous2 says...

Legally Licence Free wrote:
This was an appalling abuse of privilege to actually falsify a screen image in order to win a case. The depths that this draconian bureaucracy have sunk to in order to protect their corporate interest are well outside the bounds of acceptability. The BBC along with TV Licensing should hang their heads in shame. Well Done for standing up to them. I hope you retrieve the full amount of your costs.
Just noticed this:

"The BBC along with TV Licensing........"

The BBC IS TV Licensing™
[quote][p][bold]Legally Licence Free[/bold] wrote: This was an appalling abuse of privilege to actually falsify a screen image in order to win a case. The depths that this draconian bureaucracy have sunk to in order to protect their corporate interest are well outside the bounds of acceptability. The BBC along with TV Licensing should hang their heads in shame. Well Done for standing up to them. I hope you retrieve the full amount of your costs.[/p][/quote]Just noticed this: "The BBC along with TV Licensing........" The BBC IS TV Licensing™ Hieronymous2
  • Score: 5

1:27pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Bedsit Bob says...

Excuse me Sour Paulo.

I'm not "supposedly LLF".

I AM LLF!
Excuse me Sour Paulo. I'm not "supposedly LLF". I AM LLF! Bedsit Bob
  • Score: 5

1:39pm Tue 14 Aug 12

M.Shakey says...

Sour Paulo wrote:
Chances are that this was a set up and not by TVL because nearly all of those who are supposedly LLF are lying in the first place. This guy will get clobbered one day, it's called karma.
Funny you posting comments here and not under your usual name of Mikw.

"Clobbered"..Hmmm...
.Tell your paymasters from me to bring it on then....I am better prepared...and expecting them to be JUST as competent at putting the NEXT case together...... Ha...Haa.... 'NO CASE'.. sorry Mikw your TV-TAX is almost as reviled as the 'window tax' of the 1600's which inspired the phrase 'DAYLIGHT ROBBERY'.
[quote][p][bold]Sour Paulo[/bold] wrote: Chances are that this was a set up and not by TVL because nearly all of those who are supposedly LLF are lying in the first place. This guy will get clobbered one day, it's called karma.[/p][/quote]Funny you posting comments here and not under your usual name of Mikw. "Clobbered"..Hmmm... .Tell your paymasters from me to bring it on then....I am better prepared...and expecting them to be JUST as competent at putting the NEXT case together...... Ha...Haa.... 'NO CASE'.. sorry Mikw your TV-TAX is almost as reviled as the 'window tax' of the 1600's which inspired the phrase 'DAYLIGHT ROBBERY'. M.Shakey
  • Score: 7

5:13pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Bedsit Bob says...

It was rather reckless of them, to bring a case, with evidence which even their own employee (the "man on the ground" so to speak) wouldn't corroborate.
It was rather reckless of them, to bring a case, with evidence which even their own employee (the "man on the ground" so to speak) wouldn't corroborate. Bedsit Bob
  • Score: 6

5:58pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Hieronymous2 says...

Bedsit Bob wrote:
It was rather reckless of them, to bring a case, with evidence which even their own employee (the "man on the ground" so to speak) wouldn't corroborate.
I think they're too used to people 'rolling over' when confronted with their "authority"!!

After all they can't ever be wrong. Can they?
[quote][p][bold]Bedsit Bob[/bold] wrote: It was rather reckless of them, to bring a case, with evidence which even their own employee (the "man on the ground" so to speak) wouldn't corroborate.[/p][/quote]I think they're too used to people 'rolling over' when confronted with their "authority"!! After all they can't ever be wrong. Can they? Hieronymous2
  • Score: 9

5:02pm Wed 15 Aug 12

Sao Paulo says...

It's all about misleading the public into thinking they are official and must talk to them. The truth is they have as much authority as a double glazing salesman
It's all about misleading the public into thinking they are official and must talk to them. The truth is they have as much authority as a double glazing salesman Sao Paulo
  • Score: 9

11:35am Fri 17 Aug 12

Legally Licence Free says...

Some years ago I received unnecessarily harsh and unprofessional correspondence from this organisation threatening to take me to court despite informing them that I do not and have never watched television. I refused to allow their untrained inspectors in to my home and receive the rough end of a pineapple from somewhere higher up the chain. I sent them a cease and desist letter citing harassment with a view to criminal proceedings. Since my positive action I have not had any further maildrops or visits.

Well done to Michael and to everyone else who has taken positive action to deal with this outrageous intrusion.
Some years ago I received unnecessarily harsh and unprofessional correspondence from this organisation threatening to take me to court despite informing them that I do not and have never watched television. I refused to allow their untrained inspectors in to my home and receive the rough end of a pineapple from somewhere higher up the chain. I sent them a cease and desist letter citing harassment with a view to criminal proceedings. Since my positive action I have not had any further maildrops or visits. Well done to Michael and to everyone else who has taken positive action to deal with this outrageous intrusion. Legally Licence Free
  • Score: 7

1:08pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Always Schmieling says...

It is a shame that no national news paper has seen fit to run this story, especially since Mr S, CAN and DOES BACK UP EVERYTHING he says (unlike Auntie).

Hats off to the TG though well done!!
It is a shame that no national news paper has seen fit to run this story, especially since Mr S, CAN and DOES BACK UP EVERYTHING he says (unlike Auntie). Hats off to the TG though well done!! Always Schmieling
  • Score: 9

4:44pm Tue 21 Aug 12

Hieronymous2 says...

Always Schmieling wrote:
It is a shame that no national news paper has seen fit to run this story, especially since Mr S, CAN and DOES BACK UP EVERYTHING he says (unlike Auntie).

Hats off to the TG though well done!!
Yep! Fully concur with all that.

I wonder what's wrong with the National Press.
[quote][p][bold]Always Schmieling[/bold] wrote: It is a shame that no national news paper has seen fit to run this story, especially since Mr S, CAN and DOES BACK UP EVERYTHING he says (unlike Auntie). Hats off to the TG though well done!![/p][/quote]Yep! Fully concur with all that. I wonder what's wrong with the National Press. Hieronymous2
  • Score: 9

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