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Landmark Legal Win Stops Newcastle Fans Watching Illegal Streaming Of Matches On Internet & In Pubs

7 years ago
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With so much at stake thanks to the ever increasing revenue from broadcasting rights, it is no surprise that the Premier League is doing everything within its powers to protect that income.

Going forward,  Newcastle United fans and those of other PL clubs, may find it increasingly harder to see NUFC matches via the internet for free.

The route to do this is by the landmark court ruling forcing the six main UK based Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to one of the largest illegal football streaming sites.

The High court ruled that ‘First Row’ was acting jointly with third part streaming services to offer the live Premier League matches in breach of the League’s copyright. The music and film industries have used this particularly route to protect copyright but it was the first time a sporting body had.

A Premier League spokesperson;

“It’s imperative that content industries are afforded protection under the law if they are to continue investing in the sort of quality talent and facilities that has made tem successful an dof interest in the first place. The judgement recognises the parasitic nature of the enterprise; this was an out and out commercial operation with estimated revenues of up to £10m a year, whilst giving nothing back to the sport. “

Making clear that it is not just punters sitting home alone watching these sites who will be affected, the ruling has also stated that any pubs using ‘First Row’ to screen Premier League matches would also be breaching copyright.

The PL spokesperson saying;

“The Premier League will be significantly upping its enforcement activity in this area in the coming months, so any publican who is being offered a service that is not either BSkyB or Bt Vision should be aware that these are illegal and they open themselves up to the possibility of prosecution.”

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