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The end of Sky in pubs?

Written by Michael Coyle on 13 February 2012

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Football in pubs but dont play the anthem!

Practically this is a victory to the publicans. Although the Judge Kitchin LJ ruled in the Premier League's favour in relation to some of the copyright issues. The judge held that the publican defendants were infringing copyright by communicating the works to the public in breach of section 20 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 however they had a defence to infringement in relation to copyright in the films included in the broadcasts in section 72(1)(c) of the CDPA.

Therefore the Premier League have a claim of copyright infringement in relation to the PL anthem and certain graphics.

While we wait for the declarations from all parties, surely this will mean that publicans are free to show premier league matches provided they do not play the anthem or show any of the premier league graphics?

So is this the end for SKY in pubs?

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