Ruling is not the end of the tale

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THE European Court of Justice ruling that pubs can use foreign decoder cards to show football is not the end of the story, a Portsmouth solicitor has warned.

Landlady Karen Murphy, of the Red, White and Blue pub in Fratton, fought Sky and the Premier League for the right to use the cheaper cards, rather than buy direct from the satellite broadcaster.

While the ruling means all pubs can now have decoder cards from other companies, the Premier League still owns the copyright for everything including graphics, music, and even action replays.

Mike Dyer, from Verisona solicitors, said: ‘So long as the Premier League ensures that its coverage includes copyright protected elements, public showing of those broadcasts without the permission of the rights holders would continue to be prohibited and as a consequence liable to enforcement action.’