15 October 2006

IT - Sky football exclusivity extends to Internet

(Repubblica)
E' illegale la diffusione gratuita dei link delle partite di calcio sulle quali Sky vanta un diritto di esclusiva. Lo ha stabilito la corte di Cassazione che ha disposto un nuovo processo nei confronti di due milanesi indagati per avere 'illecitamente diffuso e trasmesso via internet eventi sportivi' rispetto ai quali Sky vantava, appunto, l'esclusiva. [Patrizio Menchetti comments: The Italian court of cassation held that it is a criminal offence to link to the web site of a Chinese TV where football matches are streamed which in Italy are protected by exclusive broadcasting rights. The judgment reversed the judgment of a lower court which had acquitted the offenders, who had put the links on their web site, on the basis that the Chinese TV had paid full broacasting rights for the events. The case was raised by Sky TV which broadcasts the events in Italy on an encrypted paying channel].