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Premier League footballers are now into pre-season training, but the League’s organiser, the EPL, is already back on its game protecting TV rights with a court order forcing the UK's major ISPs to tackle servers hosting illegal streams of matches.
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On 19 July 2018, Justice Arnold granted a High Court Order that will require the UK’s major internet service providers – principally Sky, BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, plusnet and EE – to block and disrupt servers that host illegal streams of the Premier League’s matches across the whole of the next football season that begins in August 2018. The order is considered by the EPL as an enhancement of a similar judgement granted for the entirety of the 2017/18 season which the EPL says was hugely successful, enabling the it to disrupt or block nearly 200,000 illegal streams of its content.

The EPL’s wider anti-piracy programme also saw hugely successful results in 2017/18, including 450,000 illegal clips of Premier League content being removed from social and digital media outlets. The League believes that the new Order will allow it to block more servers in a more effective manner.

“Last season the Premier League operated one of the biggest and most successful anti-piracy programmes in the world and this decision by the High Court is a significant factor in being able to continue that approach,” commented Premier League director of services, Kevin Plumb.

“A similar Order granted last year was a game-changer for our work in this area, enabling us to block or disrupt nearly 200,000 illegal streams across the 2017/18 season. The ability that Premier League clubs have to develop and acquire talented players, to build and improve stadiums and to support communities and schools, is predicated on being able to market, sell and protect commercial rights. This makes the protection of our copyright hugely important to the future health of English football and beyond.”

The action comes only days after a Premier League and FACT investigation led to a supplier of ISDs and an illegal streaming service transmitting Premier League games receive jail sentences for their actions.