A licensee in Cumbria has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after being found guilty of showing Sky Sports in his pub without a commercial contract.
Phillip Taylor, licensee of the George Inn in Carlisle, pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the screening of a Sunderland vs Newcastle match on Sky Sports on April 21 last year. But he was found guilty and ordered to pay £2,920 in fines, costs and compensation.
The court heard he showed the match on a domestic ITV Digital contract meant for his father's house and had not paid a commercial subscription to Sky to show football at the pub.
The investigation was undertaken by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) on behalf of Sky.
The case is part of Sky's on-going pledge to crack down on illegal screenings.
Sky's commercial director Iain Holden said: "There is a misplaced belief among some licensees that an ITV Digital viewing agreement provides an alternative way of subscribing to Sky channels and this is not the case.
"We have warned licensees about this and more action will follow."
David Lowe from FACT said: "Where illegal screenings are detected, legal action will follow."
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