Grantham pub hit with £5k fine for breaching Premier League copyright

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A pub in Grantham is one of 13 to be hit with a fine for breaching Premier League copyright with unauthorised foreign broadcasts.

The White Lion pub, in Bridge End Road, has been ordered to pay £5,307 following legal action by the football organisation.

In total, 13 pubs across the UK have been fined £82,388 for breaching copyright. Five of the pubs were found to be using masking technology to try and avoid legal action being taken against them. The Premier League still took successful action and recovered costs from those pubs.

In a separate development, the Premier League has written to pubs near to each of its clubs’ stadia to warn them of the risks of using unauthorised foreign systems. The letters, written by the League’s executive chairman, Richard Scudamore, were sent to scores of pubs across the country in the early weeks of the season. They make clear that the League recognises the important role the pub industry plays in making the sport available to fans, but warn of the risks of making illegal broadcasts of Premier League football.

The Premier League said the 2015/16 season will see it commence more actions than ever before against pubs breaching its copyright with unauthorised foreign broadcasts of its matches.

The first wave of legal actions of the 2015/16 season are:

1. The Barnstormers, Bolton – agreed to pay costs of £16,937

2. The Whickham House, Gateshead – ordered to pay costs of £7,265

3. The Old Frizzle Pub, London SW19 – agreed to pay costs of £6,411

4. The Ranelagh Arms, Wellingborough – ordered to pay £6,383

5. The Aberdale Pub, Leicester – ordered to pay costs of £5,438

6. The White Lion Public House, Grantham – ordered to pay costs of £5,307

7. Grand Central, Paignton – agreed to pay costs of £5,200

8. Stadium Pub, Liverpool – ordered to pay costs of £5,168

9. Kings Arms, Middlesex – agreed to pay costs of £5,015

10. The Fox and Goose, Birmingham – agreed to pay costs of £5,000

11. The Pilot, Hull – agreed to pay costs of £5,000

12. The Alpha Arms, Slough – ordered to pay costs of £4,723

13. The Clapham North, London, SW9 – agreed to pay costs of £4,541