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SBD Global/January 20, 2014/Media
Russian Premier League TV Awarded $2.8M In Damages Over 'Illegal' Broadcasts
Published January 20, 2014
GROUNDBREAKING CASE: Previously, charges for illegal broadcasts of sports events were never pressed in Russia. Savochkin added, "The real size of Liga TV's damages from illegal activities of LiveTV.ru is over 70 million rubles ($2.1M), so the announced size of compensation is more than justified. We hope that the verdict will make pirates think about switching to legitimate activities." However, LiveTV.ru has reportedly switched to a new domain name, registered in neighboring Kazakhstan, which puts it out of Russian court's jurisdiction for the future. Nash Futbol is available via satellite and cable at 149 rubles ($4.50) a month, and as of late last year, the company had 266,000 subscribers.
Vladimir Kozlov is a writer in Moscow.