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Portsmouth landlady wins High Court battle with the Premier League

By Peter Ruddick , 24-Feb-2012
Last updated on 24-Feb-2012 at 15:33 GMT2012-02-24T15:33:04Z

Karen Murphy, the Portsmouth landlady who was convicted in 2006 for showing foreign TV coverage of English Premier League matches in her pub using a decoder, has had her conviction quashed by the High Court.

According to BigHospitality's sister publication the Publican's Morning Advertiser, Lord Justice Stanley Burnton told the court that 'She was wrongly prosecuted'.

In October last year the European Court of Justice (ECJ) had ruled largely in favour of Murphy and against the English FA Premier League in the case. The ECJ said denying landlords the option of using decoders amounted to a breach of EU rules to provide freedom to provide services.

However the High Court did not change current judgement on the wider question of copyright.

A separate High Court ruling earlier this month confirmed showing matches through foreign channels breached the copyright of the Premier League in various ways including playing the anthem of the organisation. At the time the Premier League announced the ruling meant they would continue to prosecute publicans, and others, who continued to use foreign satellites to show matches.