July 18 – Irish fans of the English Premier League who rely on illegal internet streams to watch matches may soon no longer have access.
A ruling in the country’s Commercial Court on Monday granted the Premier League, trading in Ireland as Football Association Premier League Ltd, to compel internet service providers (ISPs) to block live streaming of matches on computers, set top boxes and other devices
All major ISPs in the UK are believed to have been contacted by the Premier League informing them of the crackdown which follows in the footsteps of the BPI music industry body, who successfully lobbied to have a number of piracy websites, such as Pirate Bay, blocked.
The internet protocol addresses of the streaming hosts will be updated at least twice during match time so that the blocking can be enabled, said Jonathan Newman SC, for the Premier League company.
It would be possible to respond “within minutes” to the illegal streaming, he said.
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