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National Remedies Against Online Piracy of Sport Content

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published a mapping report on national remedies against online piracy of sport content.

This mapping study was commissioned by the European Commission in a follow up to its declaration on the challenges faced by sport event organisers, issued on the conclusion of the negotiations on the Directive on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market Commission.

The report of the European Audiovisual Observatory examines the existing remedies against online piracy available in Member States and in the UK. The report takes into account the legislative framework, at the EU and national level, as well as the relevant case law.

It provides information on the legal protection of sport events, including domiciliary rights and the special legal protection existing in certain Member States for the sport events organisers, as well the protection granted under copyright and related rights for the audiovisual recordings and broadcasting of sport events. 

The main part of the report is dedicated to the remedies and procedural rules applicable against online piracy of sport events, including notices and takedown procedures and injunctions. The report focuses on the use of blocking injunctions, with a special emphasis on dynamic and live blocking injunctions. In addition, the report refers to the administrative authorities that certain countries created or empowered to enforce copyright protection, and identifies relevant voluntary initiatives at national level to combat online  sport piracy. This mapping is complemented by case studies on specific aspects relevant for piracy of sport content.

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