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Pubs Fined Total Of £93,000 For Showing Illegal Football Games Pubs from Liverpool, London and Croydon are among 10 that have paid a total of £93,000 in costs for infringing copyright with unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football. Furthermore, three suppliers of pre-loaded IPTV boxes that facilitate mass piracy of Premier League football broadcasts have been ordered to pay a total of £267,000 by the Courts for infringing copyright. The three sellers of pre-loaded IPTV boxes ordered to pay costs are: • Football for Pubs Limited (based in Liverpool) was ordered by the High Court to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs of £90,000; • Pub Entertainment Systems (based in Royston, Hertfordshire) was ordered by the High Court to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs of £77,000; • Neosat was ordered to cease the sale of the illegal devices and pay costs totalling £100,000. These actions are part of a wide-ranging and sustained Premier League campaign to protect its copyright, the investment in its rights from Sky and BT and the benefits they bring across English football and beyond, and support the individuals and pubs that broadcast our matches the right way.

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The High Court injunctions and orders to pay costs for the three suppliers follow a case in December 2016 that saw a seller of similar devices jailed for four years. The Premier League also supported FACT in its recent raids of several IPTV box suppliers across the North-West of England that led to five people being arrested. The focus of the Premier League’s protection of its copyright is not only sellers of IPTV boxes but also pubs that ignore warnings and broadcast matches on unauthorised foreign channels. Premier League Spokesman, said: “These actions are part of the largest anti-piracy campaign the Premier League has conducted to protect its copyright, and the investment from our UK live broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport. “Like other sports and creative industries our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world class stadiums, and support young people in schools and communities across the country – all things that fans enjoy and wider society benefits from. “These injunctions and costs orders, and the recent supplier of IPTV boxes sent to jail for four years, provide further evidence to consumers and the pub trade that the sale of these devices is illegal.”

Punch Announces Regional Publican of The Year Winners PUNCH HAS celebrated the pub group’s leading business and hospitality innovators in the East Midlands and Yorkshire areas at this year’s Regional Publican of the Year Awards. Held at one of Punch’s own pubs, the Great Northern in Mickleover, Derby, the event saw over 70 people attend to celebrate their business’ success. Now in its third year, the ceremony is the brainchild of Punch’s regional director, Steve Burns, with accolades Publican of the Year and Special Recognition among many of the highlights. The awards help to further establish the relationship between Punch and its Publicans by congratulating them on all they have achieved. Awards were broken down by areas, starting with the Punch development managers’ shortlist of their nominated Publicans, each selected for showcasing ‘best pub practice’. This was followed by the grand finale of Punch crowning the overall win-

ners on the night. Regional Publican of the Year Winners were Allison Lund from the Waterloo, Wakefield Steve Burns commented: “We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate our Publicans’ successes and have been delighted by the feedback provided by the Punch development managers. Their role is to not only advise the Publicans on how they can achieve their business goals but to also strengthen Punch’s own connection with the Publicans to provide the best support possible. The Publicans have shown a continued commitment to running outstanding pubs over the last 12 months and the awards provide a great opportunity to celebrate their successes and strengthen the relationship we have with our talented Publicans.” CEO of Punch, Duncan Garrood, addressed Publicans at the awards ceremony, emphasising his pride of the fantastic achievements across the portfolio of pubs and recognising that Publicans are the soul of the Punch business.

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CLH News #198 March 2017  

Issue #198 of CLH News - the leading monthly trade publication for the independent hotel, pub and restaurant sector of the hospitality indus...

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