Jul 27, 2017

Premier League Wins Significant Copyright Battle

The Premier League has won a significant victory in its battle against copyright infringement having been granted a blocking order for the 2017-18 season from the High Court. This order requires UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to prevent people from illegally accessing streams of its matches.  The Premier League obtained a similar court order for the 2016-2017 season but only for the final two months of that season.

The last months of the 2016-2017 Premier League season saw over 5,000 server IP address, which had been streaming illegal content, blocked following last year's blocking order.

The blocking order comes at a time when the Premier League is carrying out its biggest ever copyright protection scheme in order to combat the rise of illegal streaming via websites and Kodi boxes. These are legal multimedia boxes, however they can be, and frequently are, adapted to contain software which allows users to access paid per view content for free.

The importance of copyright protection is of paramount importance for the Premier League given the value of TV rights attached to broadcasting Premier League matches by major broadcasting companies. The value of TV rights for the Premier League has consistently increased as new bids are tended every three years. For the 2013-2016 season, the total value of the Premier League's TV rights stood at 3.018bn. In 2015, Sky and BT Sport paid £5.136bn for rights to show live Premier League matches until 2019.

The Premier League has called the order a 'game-changer' in their efforts to combat illegal streams of football matches. The Premier League is keen to use the powers of the blocking order to ensure that illegally streamed content is clamped down on throughout the entire 2017-18 season, thus preserving the value of its television deals.

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