The operators of eleven pubs in the Hull area have been convicted of a number of offences under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 for the unauthorised showing of Premier League matches in their pubs. The pub premises have subsequently been raided by police and Internet equipment seized.
Alister Darroch was fined £33,000.00 and ordered to pay £25,067.72 costs to the prosecution.
Charles Darroch was fined £33,000.00 and ordered to pay £25,067.73 costs to the prosecution..
The Judge in the case commented that the setting up of the internet streaming system was done to secure a financial advantage over competitors in the licensed trade. The case involved an unprecedented number of pubs and record levels of fines and costs.
The Russell-Cooke Regulation team acting for the prosecution was led by partner Matt Bosworth.
A more detailed account of the case appears in the Hull Mail and was widely reported elsewhere.