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SBD Global/August 18, 2017/Media

Premier League Campaign Blocks Thousands Of Illegal Clips On Opening Weekend

The Premier League's new campaign against the illegal streaming of matches "led to 600 streams being blocked on the opening weekend of the season and more than 30,000 clips removed from websites," according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. The "superblock" was launched after the league won a High Court ruling that "obliges internet service providers to block the servers that host the illegal streams." The campaign is also "targeting clips of goals and action posted by users on social media sites," 30,000 of which were removed last weekend including 20,000 from YouTube. Internet users trying to visit streaming sites, such as Spanish-based rojadirecta, are now redirected to a page with the message: "Access to websites listed on this page has been blocked pursuant to orders of the High Court." Website TorrentFreak reported that the "superblock" led to 5,000 server IP addresses being blocked last weekend. It said, "As soon as the matches began on Saturday, issues were reported at several of the more prominent IPTV providers" (LONDON TIMES, 8/17).
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