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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Premier League Wins Blocking Injunction to Fight Piracy

Premier League Wins Blocking Injunction to Fight Piracy

The Premier League has announced its “biggest ever crackdown” on illegal football streams.

It has obtained a new High Court Order that will make it much harder for people to watch games on so-called Kodi boxes.

In common with an order obtained earlier this year, the new injunction will require ISPs to promptly block access to Internet servers illegally distributing Premier League content.

“This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content,” said Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb.

“It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so called ‘pre-loaded Kodi boxes’.”

Although the details of the new injunction are yet to be published by the High Court, the EPL indicates that the injunction is very similar to the one obtained previously, which targets overseas servers streaming Premier League matches into the UK.

Upon notice from the Premier League, ISPs including Sky, BT, Virgin Media, Plusnet, EE and TalkTalk are required to block IP addresses quickly as matches are being streamed, all without any direct intervention from the court.

The order will be in place for the entire 2017/18 season.

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