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Football in pubs ruling upheld by the High Court

The legal ruling by the European Court of Justice earlier this year has been upheld by the highest court in England, meaning that pub landlady Karen Murphy can use her Greek satellite decoder to show any football match she likes to her customers.

The legal ruling by the European Court of Justice earlier this
published on UK Free TV

The Independent reports today (see Pub landlady Karen Murphy wins High Court case - The Independent ) that

"It was conceded in the High Court today that Karen Murphy's appeal over using a cheaper Greek decoder in her Portsmouth pub to bypass controls over match screening must be allowed."

and that Karen Murphy said outside court that:

"It's a moral victory," she added. "This was big corporations thinking they are above the law."

This follows the ruling Broadcasting territorial exclusivity with a decoder card is contrary to EU law from the European Court of Justice, following the notice given 12 months ago, Karen Murphy scores against the Premier League and Sky.

The paper also reports that:

Mrs Murphy, who ran The Red, White and Blue pub in Portsmouth, Hampshire, said she believed she had won "90%" of the battle.

But the Premier League claimed a partial victory, after the ECJ said it maintained the copyright for some sections of the broadcast.

The "some sections of the broadcast" are the theme music played before and not specifically any part of the actual game.

More at Pub landlady Karen Murphy wins Premier League TV battle - Media - also.

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Brian Wright

4:21 PM

NottsUK: Keep this under your hat!When Murdoch finds out the GRTS Gambia uplink will be cut thats for sure.

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Brian Wright's 77 posts GB flag
Sunday, 4 March 2012

5:42 PM

I would like to see and end to this overcharging for Sky TV in this Country. It is high time someone came up with a way to override the sky card so we could all watch it for free. They used to be able to do this - I don't know why it is so difficult to do. They should only charge for Sky Movies, Box Office and LIVE Sports. All the rest should be free to view. Paying out hundreds and even into the £1000 bracket per year per household is scandalous. As far as i am concerned it is just as bad as the phone hacking scandal and it wants to be stopped. People don't realise they are paying this as it comes out monthly from people's bank accounts and has a drain on the family finances all adding to debt. As far as i am concerned the Murdoch Empire gets none of my money as i can see straight through it. I wish everyone else could see it.

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Michael's 368 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
2:55 PM

Hello guys, can I get this service in Africa, like am living in Uganda? Thax I'll be great full with your response.

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SEAM ZION's 2 posts UG flag
Friday, 6 April 2012
1:10 AM

Sky have had a good innings. Some pubs I sell European Systems to, were being quoted £40k a year by Sky.

For Sky to link their subscription to a commercial RV, is obscene. Now the law has changed, I hope that licensees can take full advantage of it, by switching.

Despite the change in law, Sky are still actively harrassing pubs, and frightening licensees into taking out Sky subscriptions: Licensees need to realise that they now have a choice, and that there are legal alternatves to Sky.

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Alex's 1 post GB flag
Martin Borrett,
12:12 PM

What is 'legal' about Sky ? Their CEO, and owner doesn't pay tax here, so why should he have the use of our legal system to enforce his rules ?

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Martin Borrett,'s 1 post GB flag
12:32 PM

With all due respect BSkyB ISN'T Murdoch!!News Corp.are not the majority shareholders altho' it controls 39% and has influence.

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brewerdave's 8 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 April 2012

9:53 PM

brewerdave: Well, not now. James Murdoch resigns as BSkyB chairman to avert fallout from News Corp phone-hacking scandal - Telegraph .

You should also note that there are different classes of shareholders...

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
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