Law, Justice and Journalism

#ECJMurphy: Football in the Pub: blogging from City Law School event

In City University London, Events, Law on October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Wifi permitting, we’ll be live blogging from tonight’s event at City Law School: ‘Football, Broadcasting and the Internal Market: Is a common audio-visual space in sight?’  which follows the recent ECJ decision in the Murphy case.

Follow the live blog here.

On 4 October 2011 the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its highly anticipated judgment in joined cases FA Premier League and Ors v QC Leisure and Murphy v Media Protection Services.

Professor Lorna Woods explains that the judgment “has been heralded in the press as a triumph for David (in the form of pub landlady Karen Murphy) over Goliath (in the form of FAPL and Sky). ”

But, she asks, ” is this really such a stunning victory, or is it a bit more complicated?”

Background
The cases concern pub landlords, including Karen Murphy, who contracted with satellite service providers based outside the UK whose (cheaper) broadcasts included Premier league football. The football associations argued that this was a breach of UK copyright law and the matter was referred to the ECJ.

In reconciling intellectual property rights with the free movement of services, the judgment has the potential to transform broadcasting in the EU.

Our expert panel will discuss different aspects of the judgment including reconciling intellectual property with the free movement of services as well as exploring the commercial implications of the decision. The panel includes:

Jeremy Phillips
Intellectual Property Consultant, Olswang LLP, and Blogmeister, IPKat

Lorna Woods
Professor, The City Law School

Dan Wilsher
Senior Lecturer, The City Law School

Jonathan Griffiths
Senior Lecturer, QMUL School of Law

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