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Premier League warns publicans over foreign decoder cards

24 February 2012 by
Premier League warns publicans over foreign decoder cards

The Premier League has warned publicans considering using foreign decoder cards to screen Premier League football games that they still risk prosecution, despite pub landlady Karen Murphy's victory at the High Court today.

The High Court ruled this morning that Portsmouth pub landlady Karen Murphy's conviction in 2006 for breaching copyright law for screening Premier League matches via a Greek decoder should no longer stand.

But in a statement the Premier League said: "Following the news that Karen Murphy's appeal to the High Court has seen her conviction overturned, the Premier League would like to make clear that this decision does not change the outcome of the QC Leisure foreign satellite case.

"In that judgment (QC Leisure), made on 3 February 2012, Lord Justice Kitchin was consistent with the ECJ ruling and made it clear that the law gives us the right to prevent the unauthorised use of our copyrights in pubs and clubs when they are communicated to the public without our authority.

"That unauthorised use gives rise to both civil and criminal penalties. Therefore should Mrs Murphy, or any other publican, use European Economic Area foreign satellite systems to show Premier League football on their premises without our authority and outside the scope of our authorisation, they make themselves liable for us to take action against them in both the civil and criminal courts."

A Sky Spokesperson added: "The UK courts have already ruled that the unauthorised use of the Premier League's copyrighted material via foreign satellite systems in pubs is illegal. This remains the case following the ruling on Karen Murphy. We will continue to protect our legitimate customers by supporting action against licensees who break the law. At the same time, we will continue to work with the licensed trade to help even more pubs and clubs enjoy the business benefits of live sport."

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By Neil Gerrard

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