Illegal Broadcasting of TV in Pubs & Clubs - Are You Complying With The Law?

Pubs and other commercial premises require a commercial subscription to show exclusive subscription broadcasts. The commercial subscription acts as a licence. For example, in the UK, Sky Sports and BT Sport are authorised to broadcast live Premier League games.

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) works closely with broadcasters such as Sky, BT Sports and Virgin Media to tackle illegal broadcasting. FACT has successfully prosecuted commercial operators for illegal broadcasting of sports programmes. 

Where a personal licence holder appears in court for a relevant offence (which includes an offence under the  Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988), they are required to notify the court that they hold a personal licence (as issued under the Licensing Act 2003), and produce it to the court. Where they are convicted by a court for a 'relevant offence' (see Schedule 4, Licensing Act 2003 - Personal licence: relevant offences), the court is under a duty to notify the licensing authority of the conviction and of any decision to order that the personal licence be suspended or declared forfeit. The sentence of the court has immediate effect. The personal licence holder shall produce their personal licence to the licensing authority for the conviction to be endorsed, together with any period of suspension. If the licence is declared forfeit, it shall be retained by the licensing authority. 

For further information on FACT as well as guidance, visit their website by clicking here. Also, an information sheet published by FACT - Televised Sport in Pubs and Clubs - is available to download on the Leeds Pubwatch website.

Latest FACT news including prosecutions for illegal tv streaming can be found on their website by clicking here.
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