Jun 222013
 

The Premier League is to request a court order forcing internet service providers to block a popular football streaming website, FirstRow1.eu, which operates from Sweden, before the next season.

It is understood that none of the ISPs plan to challenge the court order.

The Premier League’s move follows a precedent set by the BPI music industry body, which has been successful in having several piracy websites blocked in the UK, most notably the Pirate Bay.

In those cases, ISPs have stood firm and insisted they would only take action if ordered to do so by the courts.

The UK’s major ISPs each received a letter from the Premier League outlining a possible court order, and were given a deadline of Friday to signal any intent to challenge the action.

The situation raises additional issues for BT, as from next season it will be a major distributor of Premier League football through its new sports TV channels.

BT has paid £246m for rights to show Premier League football, while Sky paid £760m for its portion of the coverage.

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