Premier League wants law to tighten defences

October 2007

Television, internet
By Roger Blitz, Financial Times

Having joined the fights against YouTube, the UK’s Premier League (FAPL) is now asking the UK Government to shake-up of copyright law amid concerns the government needs to do more to protect the increasingly valuable media rights the sport’s top flight is attracting – recent deals included UK TV deals with Sky and Setanta worth £1.7 billion, overseas deals worth £625 million and £400 million for mobile and internet rights. The League are concerned that the police, Customs and Excise and Trading Standards are not ‘exercised’ by copyright infringement and are also concerned that news services routinely use clips of football matches without payment under fair dealing (fair use) provisions in UK copyright law.

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Other stories on FAPL see: More join infringement class action against YouTube and Google (Music Law Updates September 2007), MPS v Murphy: The legality of pubs using foreign satellite signal goes to the High Court (May 2007), MPS v Murphy : The Greek Nova TV signal is held to be a UK broadcast (April 2007) and the ARTICLE DoesSky have an enforceable a monopoly on live premiership football in the UK? (FACT v Gannon, MPS v Murphy) March 2007

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