Premier League secures blocking injunction against aggregator of links

In The Football Association Premier League Ltd v BSkyB and others [2013] EWHC 2057 (Ch) 16 July 2013, the English High Court has ordered the six main retail internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK to block access by their customers to the FirstRow Sports website. FirstRow links to and frames unauthorised streams of sports TV coverage uploaded to user-generated content sites. The court found that FirstRow infringed the Premier League’s various UK copyrights in its broadcasts of football matches by communicating them to the public.

The website facilitates access to unauthorised streams of television broadcasts of sporting events by aggregating and indexing links to those streams and framing the streams on its website. The streams emanated from user-generated content sites to which users had uploaded unauthorised versions of the Premier League’s broadcasts.

The decision is the latest in a line of cases (involving websites such as Newzbin2, The Pirate Bay and KickAss Torrents) that has recognised the court’s power to grant blocking injunctions and has developed a streamlined procedure for doing so…

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