Scots pubs targeted in football piracy crackdown
August 1, 2022
By Colin Mann
Three Scottish pubs have been identified by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), the professional game’s governing body, in a crackdown on unauthorised live football streaming
The SPFL has taken action by working with rightsholder Sky to prevent illicit broadcasts being shown in pubs and other licensed premises.
The SPFL has won injunctions to stop the unauthorised broadcast of live matches at the Masons Arms in Stirling Street, Airdrie; the Strathspey Bar in Tollcross Road, Glasgow and the Lord Nelson Bar in Nelson Street, Glasgow.
Licensed premises, or any other commercial premises wanting to show live cinch SPFL Premiership matches in their venue, should have a commercial subscription agreement with Sky. Where unauthorised SPFL matches being shown in commercial premises are detected, where appropriate, legal action is taken against the licensees of those premises to protect the investment of those that show legitimate broadcasts of cinch SPFL matches and other sport content.
The move follows Sky’s successful award of damages against two licensees in Glasgow for infringing its copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises.