The European Court of Justice has ruled against the English football Premier League in a case involving the rights of a landlady to show live matches in her pub using a Greek broadcaster’s satellite decoder, rather than UK broadcast licenser BSkyB. The court ruled that TV viewers should be able to watch matches using decoder cards from anywhere within the European Union. Why are we writing about this? There are implications for music, and indeed many creative industries. As a BSkyB spokesperson tells the Financial Times, there are “implications for how rights are sold across Europe in future”. The Guardian has more, from IP lawyer Toby Headdon. “This is a clear statement from Europe that intellectual property rights cannot be relied upon to fragment the market and charge different prices in different EU countries for the same content. The decision looks set to change the licensing landscape in Europe, not just for football broadcasts but potentially for other content such as films and music.”

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