Burnley pub to pay £5,000 for Premier League broadcast breach

The Bees Knees in Hammerton Street, Burnley, has been ordered by the High Court to pay �5,000 to the Premier League for breaching copyright by making unauthorised foreign broadcasts of its matches.

The Bees Knees in Hammerton Street, Burnley, has been ordered by the High Court to pay �5,000 to the Premier League for breaching copyright by making unauthorised foreign broadcasts of its matches.

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A Burnley pub is one of six ordered to pay the Premier League costs for breaching copyright.

The Bees Knees in Hammerton Street has been ordered by the High Court to pay £5,000 to the Premier League for breaching copyright by making unauthorised foreign broadcasts of its matches.

Five other pubs in Cardiff, London, Hungerford, Whitley Bay and York were also ordered to pay costs ranging from £5,800 up to £12,000.

The actions conclude a season in which ID Inquiries, working on behalf of the Premier League, visited in excess of 6,000 pubs across the country and passed on information which led to the Premier League commencing action against over 350 of them.

A Premier League spokesman said: “The 2014/15 season saw the Premier League undertake its largest ever pub and supplier investigations programme, with action commenced against more than 350 pubs that breached our copyright by making unauthorised foreign broadcasts of Premier League football.

“The risks of engaging in this activity are very clear: Injunctions and significant costs awards are regularly being made in our favour in the High Court and a supplier of foreign satellite systems which allowed pubs to show unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football was jailed for nine months in late 2014.

“We would advise all publicans to ignore the lies peddled by suppliers who make false claims about the legality of foreign broadcasts of our matches, and to contact Sky Sports and BT Sport as they are both authorised to show live Premier League football in commercial premises in the UK.”