Premier League wins case against illegal streams

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The Premier League wins a judgement in the High Court that will block one of the biggest illegal live football-streaming sites in Britain.

The Premier League has won a judgement in the High Court that will see Britain's main Internet Service Providers block one of the biggest illegal live football-streaming sites in the country.

It was ruled on Tuesday that First Row Sports would be unable to broadcast live matches next season due to a breach of copyright law.

It is the first time that a sporting body has blocked a site that infringes its copyright.

A Premier League spokesman said: "We are extremely pleased that the order blocking this website has been granted and we will be enforcing it, in conjunction with the ISPs, ahead of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.

"It is absolutely imperative that content industries are afforded protection under the law if they are to continue investing in the sort of quality talent and facilities that has made them successful and of interest in the first place.

"The judgment recognises the parasitic nature of the enterprise; this was an out and out commercial operation with estimated revenues of up to £10 million a year, whilst giving nothing back to the sport."

The new Premier League season gets underway on August 17.

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