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Pub landlady in ECJ victory over use of foreign TV decoder to watch premiership football

The ECJ has ruled that national legislation that bans the use of overseas decoders is "...not justified either in light of the objective of protecting intellectual property rights or by the objective of encouraging the public to attend football stadiums".

The issue was referred to the ECJ by the High Court.  The ECJ held that the Premier League could not claim copyright over football matches as they were not an author's own "intellectual creation".  The High Court proceedings will now continue.


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