Following successful legal action taken by Sky, Stephen Ashley the licensee of Rotunda Tavern in Cheltenham, has been found to be infringing Sky's copyright by showing Sky Sports without having the required commercial agreement. Ashley was ordered to pay damages in the sum of £27,499.32 (€31,830) plus interest of £412.49 and costs of £7,867.50, totalling £35,779.31.

"Orders like this demonstrates the seriousness of screening Sky Sports without the required commercial licence," stated George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky.

This successful case come from Sky's instruction of Russell Cooke LLP and form a key part of Sky's commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. 

£35K fine for Sky Sports copyright breach is available to read via the Advanced Television website. 

Matt Bosworth is a partner and is head of the regulation and sports law team. He specialises in professional disciplinary matters, financial regulatory matters and the protection of intellectual property rights and copyright in both civil and criminal matters.

Ashmeet Wadwa is an associate in the regulation team.