Football transmission 'kicks' pub licensees into court

Two pub licensees have been tried and convicted of breaching copyright laws and fined for their efforts.

The individuals concerned were involved in a large scale trial for showing foreign satellite football on their premises. The licensees are among 26 others from all over the country who are facing trial at Chester Magistrates Court and were fined £500 and £300 respectively. Both were ordered to pay costs of over £1500.

Their behaviour was found to have been in breach of The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“CDPA”), after they transmitted the programmes to members of the public unlawfully.

Birkett Long’s commercial team comments: “Broadcasting a television programme to the public without a licence from the owner of the rights in the broadcast is a clear breach of the CDPA. If you are in doubt about your right to broadcast anything publicly, you should seek expert legal advice in advance to ensure that you don’t end up in Court like these publicans did.”

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