Premier League kicks off new copyright clampdown

By Olly Leyden

As the new season of the Premier League kicked off over the weekend, the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) has issued a warning to people posting unofficial videos of goals online, stating that these videos are in ‘breach of copyright’.

Thousands of ‘Vines’ (a service that allows users to record, edit and share seven-second-long videos) of goals were posted online during the previous Premier League season and during the recent World Cup, with some being uploaded within seconds of the goal being scored.

Sky and BT have between them paid £3bn over three seasons for the exclusive rights to broadcast Premier League matches. With so much money being spent to secure these rights, it is obvious to see why the FAPL is anxious to keep its licensees happy…

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