Our regulation team took successful legal action on behalf of Sky UK in relation to individuals and companies breaching Sky's copyright by showing unauthorised Sky Sports programming in commercial premises. 

A claim brought at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for a breach of Sky's copyright and intellectual property rights led to proceedings being issued against a Birmingham licensee. As part of the Court approved settlement, the defendant signed undertakings prohibiting her from showing Sky programming in the premises without the correct commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business.

The settlement also contained a Penal Notice stating that she would be in contempt of Court if she were to show unauthorised Sky Sports broadcasts in the future. As part of the settlement she is liable to pay damages of £50,000 in the event of future infringements.

The defendant carried on showing Sky UK programming and was found to be in contempt of court and had to spend a day in the cells of the Royal Court of Justice in addition to the damages that had been ordered.