UEFA's Allowed to Expand its Piracy-Blocking Efforts Too

By Tom Pritchard on at

A couple of weeks ago the High Court gave the Premier League permission to extend its existing piracy-blocking powers into 2019, ensuring the footballing organisation could force internet providers to block illegal streams in real time. Now UEFA has just been granted that same extension.

The organisation, which covers football across Europe, had been initially granted the injunction in the UK last December, and like the Premier League the extension received no opposition from ISPs here in the UK. Unsurprising, since most major internet providers also sell their own sports packages and have plenty to lose from people watching streams that are either free or give money to IPTV networks that never paid for the broadcast rights.

But rather than just asking for an extension and hoping for the best, UEFA did provide evidence to show that the initial blocking campaigns had been successful and minimised any collateral damage by overblocking. Justice Arnold said:

“The evidence filed by UEFA in support of this application demonstrates that the First Order was very effective in achieving the blocking of access to the Target Servers during UEFA matches.

“Moreover, no evidence has been found of overblocking despite checks having been undertaken. There was one incident on which a stream was erroneously blocked, but it was not a case of overblocking because it was in fact an infringing stream although not covered by the terms of the First Order.”

There are some changes to the court order, but none that UEFA would ever really complain about. They've actually expanded the organisation's blocking powers, increasing the number of streaming networks that can be targeted, permission to protect an increased umber of UEFA competitions, and decreasing the delay before notifying hosting providers in order to prevent targets from getting round the blocks. [Bailii via Torrentfreak]