Cases opened from that of Rojadirecta show that, in Europe, the blocking of websites that stream content, which is considered illegal, is increasingly prominent. In Spain not long ago a judge authorized Telefónica to order the blocking of online football websites without rights and the like.
In fact, this same year, the Police closed an IPTV network in A Coruña, Barcelona and Madrid for allegedly engaging in the illicit sale of pay television over the Internet. Now the European Parliament wants to increase the legal measures available to withdraw live sporting events, requiring the interruption of broadcasts in a maximum of 30 minutes.
Sports events are not covered by EU copyright law
In a report approved today May 19, 2021, Parliament proposes that "the rights of the organizers be strengthened" with the immediate blocking of illegal broadcasting of live sporting events.
MEPs have asked the Commission to clarify and improve the current legal framework on intellectual property rights for live sporting events, as they are currently not subject to copyright protection.
They ask that the broadcasts be withdrawn immediately, and no later than thirty minutes after notification by the rights holders
According to these, the regulations must be reviewed taking into account "the specific and time-limited value of live sports events"They also propose the creation of" common criteria to designate confidence indicators "that allow to act quickly.
All this provided that the legal offer of sports content is also promoted, making it easier for consumers to search online. "The responsibility for illegal broadcasts should lie with the providers, and not with the fans or consumers."
The report also talks about the creation of measures to avoid arbitrary or excessive blocking of legal content, that are proportionate and include the possibility of judicial remedies, especially for small companies.