It appears that, High Court permitting, Karen Murphy a landlady in Portsmouth has just won a ruling in the European Court of Justice to say that she is not breaking any International copyright law.
Surely, this now means that Sky will not be able to justify spending the amount of money they have done in the past.
However it would also open the doors for the Premier League and/or individual clubs selling their own games.
For Everton Football Club surely this will be a devastating blow. Although there will be lots of fans all over the place who will be able to watch live games via streaming etc. Can we really compete with the marketing machines that are MUFC, MCFC, The Shite, Chelski and possibly The Arse?
Gareth Prytherch, Posted 04/10/2011 at 10:39:11
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1 Posted 04/10/2011 at 15:39:40
This will change nothing. They will simply charge more for foreign contracts, or make it a contractual term to prevent extra.territorial sale. Nothing to see. Most pubs up and down the land already have a foreign sub or two anyway.
2 Posted 04/10/2011 at 16:33:57
Also the way the premier league packages up the sale of the tv rights will have to change and no doubt will. Sky as the dominant force (germany, italy, UK) will buy pan european rights and distribute them from there, thus having an even greater control. I have a feeling Sky will not be entirely pissed off with this decision.
3 Posted 05/10/2011 at 02:04:29
They get around that bit of copyright here in Thailand by only joining the live feed just as the ball is about to be kicked off at both halves, and by ending the feed as soon as the half time and final whistles are blown.
4 Posted 05/10/2011 at 02:09:02
They will be the first able to adapt to selling their own broadcast of live matches around the world as they already have the infrastructure and marketing in place to expand on.
I'm afraid we won't be seeing any Everton matches on telly except the 2 times per season we play one of those 4 as Everton don't do marketing or look to the future any more.
5 Posted 05/10/2011 at 12:44:46
Anyway I can't see Sky being able to enforce the rule anymore than they do now so not much will change on this front although I fully expect a weekly call at Karen Murpheys pub most saturdays for the forseeable
The real key to this case is the european rights issue and the monopoly that could form.
On the boadcasting our own games on the internet I think this would have to be done via a 3rd party and structured similar to the sky deals. For instance Sky europe offer ppv of all games outside of the UK and spilt the proceeds as they currently do under the present agreement.
6 Posted 05/10/2011 at 13:20:24
Yes I agree the TV companies milk the fans dry to supply soccer coverage but they hold all the aces and will continue to do so as long as the demand is there.
There are many soccer fans in the world who have other methods of getting free soccer and have had for years without paying monthly fees. However, a public place is there for all to see and investigate and that is why she cannot win.
7 Posted 11/10/2011 at 15:24:48
I don't have Sky Sports (cant afford that and go to the match) ? why should couch/sofa supporters get to see the game for free when we have to pay?
8 Posted 11/10/2011 at 15:24:48
I dont have Sky Sports (can't afford that and go to the match) ? why should couch/sofa supporters get to see the game for free when we have to pay?
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