25 June 2013

Premier League in streaming sports block

English football's top league is set to lock horns with popular free streaming sports websites as it aims to enforce a block in time for the start of the new season.

By James Barnes

ISPs to be asked to block streaming sites

The Premier League – which also includes two teams from Wales – is seeking a court order to force internet service providers (ISPs) to cut access to Swedish website FirstRow1.eu, reports the BBC.

'Legitimate services'

The report adds that none of the ISPs are expected to challenge the first-of-its-kind action.
The move follows similar action taking in the music industry, which has successfully blocked some of the most popular pirate websites such as the Pirate Bay.
Jim Killock, of the Open Rights Group, expressed concern that ‘very legitimate services’ may be blocked under the orders. He said: ‘Our main concern here is that these orders should be considered slowly, and they should be subject to much more public review.’

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