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Premier League wins High Court ban on illegal streams

The Premier League has won a High Court order to clamp down on illegal streaming of games.

The blocking order means UK internet service providers will be required to prohibit access to illegal streams online, it also allows the League to take up a stance against the illicit sales of devices such as IPTV and Kodi boxes.

A similar order saw over 5,000 IP addresses, belonging to individuals streaming PL content, blocked during the last two months of the 2016/17 season.

The Premier League are in the process of gearing up for their biggest copyright protection battle, and recent endeavours have left a variety of apps and add-ons shut down, with the help of the law.

“This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content,” said Premier League director of legal services Kevin Plumb.

“It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so-called pre-loaded Kodi boxes. The protection of our copyright, and the investment made by our broadcast partners, is hugely important to the Premier League and the future health of English football”

“The ability that clubs have to develop and acquire talented players, to build and improve stadiums, and to support communities and schools is all predicated on being able to market, sell and protect commercial rights. We are pleased the courts have recognised this with the granting of this significant blocking order.”