A 34-year-old man from the UK has agreed to pay Sky £5,000 after the broadcaster tracked an illegal Facebook stream of the 2017 Joshua v Klitschko fight to his account. Craig Foster, who was warned of a potential £85,000 award should the case go to court, claimed that he wasn’t responsible. Backtracking, he says he now wants a fight with Sky.
UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, has obtained a High Court injunction in the UK to prevent unauthorized access to matches for which it holds the rights. Six major ISPs including BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk will begin blocking live pirate-broadcasted matches from February 13, 2018, and will continue until at least May 26, 2018.
Sky TV is pioneering ‘pirate’ site-blocking in New Zealand after applying for an injunction against several local ISPs. But the move hasn’t been well received, with one group of ISPs reacting with anger to the move. Vocus Group says Sky is acting like a dinosaur, with an Internet censorship effort more suited to North Korea.
Sky’s head of litigation made a rather surprising statement at an industry convention in Macau this week. Matthew Hibbert told those in attendance that thanks to site-blocking, it’s no longer possible to watch pirated live soccer in the UK anymore. Meanwhile, the UK Intellectual Property Office has revealed that when questioned a while back, rightsholders told them that pirate boxes weren’t a problem. How things change.
A man who emailed details of his Kodi-based pirate TV box offer to directors at Sky TV is now being sued by the company. Krish Reddy’s mailshot said his device offering free TV was ”better than Sky” but the company responded with a $1m lawsuit instead, an amount that has the potential to rise.
Nearly half of football fans say they have illegally streamed a match online, with just over a third admitting to doing so at least once a month. Those are just some of the findings of a new BBC survey which found that 65% of young people engage in football piracy at least once a month.
Sky Deutschland has won a copyright infringement case against the operator of live streaming site Stream4u.tv, as well as the provider of the hardware that was used to decrypt a Sky signal. The District Court of Hamburg, Germany, ruled that they must pay €18,000 in damages.