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SBD Global/June 24, 2013/Media

EPL To Take Legal Action To Block Websites That Stream Live Football Matches

The EPL "is to take legal action" to make Internet service providers "block a website which streams live football matches," according to Jim Van Wijk of the PA. The governing body "is in the process of requesting a court order which would force ISPs to effectively ban their customers from accessing www.FirstRow1.eu, a website based in Sweden." The Premier League has already written to the major U.K. ISPs to outline its plans to apply for a court order to block www.FirstRow1.eu."  The order is expected to be put forward by the end of the month (PA, 6/22). In London, James Mills wrote a source close to the EPL said, "This is a hugely popular site with massive advertising deals and it isn’t right they can just get away with it. If the order is granted and ISPs agree to it, access will be restricted immediately" (SUN, 6/22).
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