Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PUBS PAY Pounds 15k PENALTY FOR BREAKING TV SOCCER RULES ; ?Premier League Crackdown on Landlords Who Bypass Sky and BT to Illegally Stream Live Matches

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PUBS PAY Pounds 15k PENALTY FOR BREAKING TV SOCCER RULES ; ?Premier League Crackdown on Landlords Who Bypass Sky and BT to Illegally Stream Live Matches

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TWO pubs have been ordered to pay a total of Pounds 15,000 to the Premier League for copyright infringements relating to unauthorised broadcasts of football matches.

The Crown and Cushion in Oldham Road, Failsworth, was ordered to pay Pounds 8,000 by the High Court.

The Hope and Anchor Inn in Sandy Lane, Oldham, was told to pay Pounds 7,000 by the High Court.

The fines form part of a wave of civil actions across Britain against pubs that illegally stream live Premier League games, with the Premier League receiving over Pounds 100,000 in costs as part of the settlements.

The Premier League holds the copyright for the broadcast of top- level football.

Sky and BT Sport have purchased the rights to broadcast the games live in Britain, with any other provider in breach of the law.

Last November, three pubs in Manchester were fined a total of Pounds 21,000 for the same offence. …

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