UK High Court overturns pub piracy conviction

A licensee has had a conviction for screening foreign satellite football overturned by the High Court in London. A pub in the Midlands was originally convicted and fined £500 (€600) in June 2009 for showing games using an Arab Radio and Television (ART) Network system, after the case was brought by Media Protection Services (MPS).

Judges at the High Court have allowed an appeal and quashed the conviction, on the basis the court had not considered EU law. The long-running issue of foreign satellite football is currently being considered by judges at the European Court of Justice and their official advisors have said the practice is not illegal.

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