High Court extends Premier League’s ‘live blocking order’ to the 2018/19 season.

Jeremy Blum and Charlie PurdieOn 18 July, the High Court (Arnold J) in The Football Association Premier League Ltd v British Telecommunications Plc & Ors [2018] EWHC 1828 (Ch) granted an extension of a 2017 order requiring BT and others to block access to streaming services which gave unauthorised access to live Premier League football matches during the 2018/19 season. Pursuant to section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the High Court has the power to grant such injunctions against a service provider, where that service provider has actual knowledge of another person using their service to infringe copyright. Background The Football Association Premier League (FAPL) owns the copyright in films comprising television footage of all Premier League matches, and in the artistic works which appear within that footage such as logos and graphics that appear as an overlay to give additional information about the match. In July 2017, in FAPL v BT [2017] EWHC 480…

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