The Premier League has been hard on pubs that show games illegally.
An operation to clamp down on these activities has seen thousands of pounds paid in fines. Gidea Park Pub have agreed to pay £8,200 in fines for copyright infringement by broadcasting the Premier League games. The New Inn is another of the pubs in trouble.
The pub is one of ten scattered across the UK that have paid or agreed to a fine of £93,000 for the infringements. Three major sellers supplied the pubs with illegal broadcast systems that facilitated the actions. The sellers would pay a combined £267,000 in fines.
Neosat would pay a hundred thousand Pounds, Football for Pubs Limited would pay ninety thousand Pounds while Pub Entertainment Systems would pay seventy seven thousand Pounds. They have been ordered by the High Court to stop the illegal dealings.
“These actions are part of the largest anti-piracy campaign the Premier League has conducted to protect its copyright, and the investment from our UK live broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport. Like other sports and creative industries, our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property.
“It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world class stadiums, and support young people in schools and communities across the country – all things that fans enjoy and wider society benefits from,” a spokesperson for the Premier League said.
Any site where Premier League games are broadcast aside Sky Sport and BT Sports in the UK; they are in breach of the law. The Premier League holds the right to all the games in the top-flight English football.