Manchester pub hit with £8,000 fine for Premier League football copyright breach

By Ellie Bothwell contact

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The Premier League said 'action has commenced against dozens more pubs already this season'
The Premier League said 'action has commenced against dozens more pubs already this season'
A Manchester pub has been found guilty of breaching copyright law and ordered to pay the Premier League in excess of £8,000.

The High Court ruled that the Red Beret in Manchester breached copyright by making unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football in the pub.

The Premier League said “action has commenced against dozens more pubs already this season”.

Investigations

A spokesman said: “We are currently engaged in our largest ever pub and supplier investigations programme and will take action against pubs that breach our copyright by making unauthorised foreign broadcasts of Premier League football.

“Already this season we have conducted hundreds of pub visits and commenced action against dozens of publicans, with cost awards being made in our favour on a regular basis.

“We would advise all publicans to ignore the lies peddled by suppliers who make false claims about the legality of foreign broadcasts of our matches, and to contact Sky Sports and BT Sport as they are both authorised to show live Premier League football in commercial premises in the UK.”

Last year two pubs were ordered by the High Court to pay £65,000 to the Premier League in costs following persistent breaches of copyright by making unauthorised foreign broadcasts of matches in their pubs.

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2 comments

Wiziwig

Posted by Dean,

google that and you can watch every sporting event free.
In spain they get a box for 300 euros and get all the premier league games. Every bar has it in.!!!

Rip off Britain it certainly is, it's our premier league, but it's us that's been screwed to watch it.

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This has to change

Posted by Keith Templeman,

So everyone with an internet connection can watch their favourite team live on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon at home, but pubs get fined. WAKE UP Premier League and SELL US the games rather than making us criminals.

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