Sky Obtains Novel Injunction to Prevent Piracy of Live Sports & ‘House of the Dragon’
UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has reportedly obtained a High Court injunction that will compel internet service providers to block access to live pirated sports streams, including both football and cricket matches. A novel aspect of the injunction is that it grants Sky the ability to protect specific content, such as a major TV show, by blocking certain piracy services at certain times. Precise details are confidential but it’s not too difficult to arrive at a credible theory.
With the aim of reducing availability of pirated content, U.S. movie studios, recording labels, publishers, and more recently gaming company Nintendo, have named Sky and rival ISPs including Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet and EE, as facilitators of their customers’ piracy habits.
The adversarial nature of such applications has long given way to a process that establishes ongoing infringement, formalizes the ISPs’ knowledge of that infringement, and then considers them ‘innocent infringers’ required to prevent infringement using various blocking measures.
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