Mrs Murphy wins copyright case

Sky woman wins war but not the battle. Murphy’s law hits the headlines.

Karen Murphy, the landlady of the Red, White and Blue pub in Portsmouth was successful yesterday in her fight to show football matches live on TV which were not screened via SKY.

Julie Kokott, Advocate General at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, ruled that she had the right to show the matches, thus sending a message out to all landlords to ditch SKY and save on their overheads.

The decision was publicised throughout the media. However through all the understandable glee- Mrs Murphy has been remarkable with the stance she has taken, there is one slight problem namley copyright.

As Ms Kokott pointed out ‘The screening in a pub of football-match broadcasts containing protected works requires the authorisation of the author of those works”. These protected works are protected by copyright. But will it include the showing of the matches themselves? Probably not as ‘by contrast, the matches themselves are not works enjoying such protection.’ This is in accordance with the “Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.”

As a result of Mrs Murphy’s brave stance I have been contacted by a number of publicans across the South East and on the Isle of Wight. One of which ( we shall call him Jon) told me ” As a result of this why should I pay £3000 per month for SKY when I can get it for considerably less”

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