Leeds pub fined £10,000 for showing live football illegally

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The landlord of a Leeds pub has been hit with a fine for showing football matches illegally.

Martin Adamson, licensee of the Bay Horse Hotel on Woodhouse Hill Road in Hunslet, was found guilty of broadcasting Sky Sports coverage without the correct licence during a hearing at Leeds Magistrates Court.

He was ordered to pay £10,553 in fines and costs following the prosecution by the Federation Against Copyright Theft.

Mr Adamson, who did not attend court, was convicted of two offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable fee. He was charged under the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988.

The federaton’s prosecuting manager Stephen Gerrard said:

“This case clearly demonstrates that if a licensee shows Sky broadcasts in their premises by any other means than a Sky commercial viewing agreement they will be prosecuted. If convicted they will receive an unlimited fine and can expect to pay substantial legal costs. Additionally they risk having their personal licence suspended or revoked.”

Sky is committed to protecting pubs which subscribe legitimately to its sports channels and its staff visit hundreds of British pubs each week to monitor illegal broadcasts.

Head of commercial piracy George Lawson said:

“Illegal broadcasting without a valid subscription is damaging to the sector, and those licensees who choose to televise content in this way should be aware that they are at high risk of being caught and face substantial penalties as this latest case demonstrates.”

“We’re committed to protecting Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity and this case is just the latest in our efforts to ensure they are not left short changed.”

Report illegal broadcasting in confidence at http://business.sky.com/fighting-fraud.

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