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Aiming to crack down on piracy after recent research revealed the huge extent of problem, the English Premier League (EPL) has obtained a High Court order that will require UK ISPs to block servers that are hosting illegal streams of its matches.

premierleague 27june20171With the big kick-off to the 2017/2018 season only weeks away, the EPL is taking these steps after a  BBC survey found that 36% of UK football supporters have streamed live EPL matches online through an unofficial provider at least once a month, and 22% at least once a week. The news came on the heels of viewing figures in June 2017 for the 2016/2017 EPL season showing a noticeable fall in the live viewing of matches, particularly those from principal rights holder Sky.

As part of what the EPL says is its biggest ever crackdown on the illegal streaming of its content, the High Court order will allow the league to further combat the sale and use of illicit streaming devices, including pre-loaded IPTV and Kodi boxes. The order will be in place for the entire 2017/18 season and follows a similar order obtained for the final two months of the 2016/17 season. This, claims the EPL, was highly effective with more than 5,000 server IP addresses blocked that had previously been streaming illegal 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. The protection of our copyright, and the investment made by our broadcast partners, is hugely important to the Premier League and the future health of English football. The ability that clubs have to develop and acquire talented players, to build and improve stadiums, and to support communities and schools is all predicated on being able to market, sell and protect commercial rights. We are pleased the courts have recognised this with the granting of this significant blocking order.”