EU Top Court Rips UK Soccer Broadcasting Scheme

Law360, New York (October 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that exclusive territorial licensing schemes for soccer broadcasts like the one used by the British Premier League violated the bloc's antitrust law, but left the door open for some copyright-based restrictions on the ability of pubs to screen games.

In an advisory opinion to the British courts, the European Court of Justice highlighted a number of problems with exclusive licensing systems that prevent the sale of the decoder cards needed to watch the matches across national borders within the...
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