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Copyright theft: UEFA turns up heat on pirate Saudi broadcaster beoutQ

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:10 pm

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UEFA has added its voice to the fast-growing lobby of broadcasters and sports rights owners lining up against pirate Saudi Arabian sports channel beoutQ that has so far stolen feeds for every game of the Russia 2018 World Cup and rebroadcast to a middle east and north African footprint via the Arabsat satellite.

While FIFA has made very little attempt to protect its rightsholder – Qatari-based beIN Sport – UEFA’s statement is much harder hitting.

UEFA is unequivocal in condemning “all unauthorised broadcasting and illegal streaming activity” and says that BeoutQ pirated both its Champions League and Europa League competitions throughout the season and including the finals.

Getting to the core of the issue for rights owners in all sports, UEFA said it “considers that illegal piracy of live football, particularly on the scale of that being carried out by beoutQ poses a significant threat to European football.”

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