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Premier League Adds Its Logo To Broadcasts In Fight Against UK Pubs

premier league watermark Premier League Adds Its Logo To Broadcasts In Fight Against UK Pubs

Starting today, the Premier League added a watermark in the bottom right corner of many of its TV and Internet broadcasts (see above example).

Adding the Premier League logo is certainly a move by the league to protect its copyright and prevent pubs in the United Kingdom from using its footage without permission. The move follows a High Court hearing this week where both sides believed they had won. The Premier League released a statement, which read:

“It is clear that the law gives us the right to prevent the unauthorised use of our copyrights in pubs and clubs when they are communicated to the public without our authority.

“We will now resume actions against publicans who are using European Economic Area foreign satellite systems to show Premier League football on their premises unlawfully and without our authority.”

Presumably the Premier League will take action against British pubs who are, in their eyes, illegally showing live broadcasts of Premier League matches that are beamed to the pubs from European transmissions via decoder cards.

Could this mean the end for British pubs showing live Premier League matches that are not being shown by Sky Sports or ESPN? We will have to wait and see, but the Premier League is certainly taking steps to head in that direction.


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10 Responses to Premier League Adds Its Logo To Broadcasts In Fight Against UK Pubs

  1. daS says:

    i don’t see how this will stop anything. won’t all the streams just start having that water mark too?

    • The Gaffer says:

      I agree. But it’s the next step the Premier League believes it must take so they can start suing the UK pubs and threatening to close them down. By having their logo on screen, they can show and prove that UK pubs are displaying copyrighted content without owning the licensing rights to do so.

      This may hurt the pubs, but I don’t see it making a difference in the Premier League’s battle against the pirated streams.

      The Gaffer

  2. Mark says:

    C’mon, really? Way to try and destroy your fan base. People crowding around a TV just to watch your league and you want to chase them away because they don’t have the means/money to watch the game. After a while, people just won’t care if they miss the game anyway and watch their ratings tank. Which I hope it does if they start closing pubs down because of this nonsense.

  3. Jason says:

    The EPL doesn’t need cheapskate fans in the U.K, which is why it’s taking a hardline.

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      Given that the majority of you on here when asked would you buy s season ticket said no (and you certainly wouldn’t travel away in that case) that’s a bit hypocritical.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Jason, it has nothing to do with being cheap. None of the 3pm GMT kickoffs in Britain are shown live on television so if you want to see your team you can either buy a match ticket (if there are any left) or listen to a radio commentary (if your team’s game is even on the radio).

      The Gaffer

      • J says:

        And I think this is absolutely ridiculous. It seems like in this instance the EPL for game time slot (or whoever is behind them not airing on TV) are way behind the times. It’s ridiculous that here in the U.S. you can watch the 3:00 pm GMT (10:00 a.m. EST) live or anywhere else in the word, for that matter, but not in the UK. This is even worse than the NFL blackout rules.

  4. Stavros says:

    Watch the pubs just put an advert for a liquor or beer over that part of the screen.

  5. Stephen Allen says:

    Jason. You are an idiot. People in the UK don’t even say EPL.

  6. Matt says:

    Yes, but other countries have “Premier Leagues”, Like Russia for instance, so if you aren’t in England acting as though yours is the only Premier League, then its pretty natural to clarify.

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