Day: February 2, 2011

The Premier League v Karen Murphy: Who Would Be The Real Winners?

Tomorrow, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is due to pass on her view to the ECJ judges on the case of the Media Protection Services (MPS) v Karen Murphy. The case revolves around Karen Murphy – the landlady of the Red, White & Blue in Southsea – and her use of satellite television. Murphy legally bought a decoder box, subscription card, and had taken out a satellite subscription. However, she bought these not through Sky television, but through Greek broadcaster NOVA. With the ECJ judges due to pass their judgement in three months, what are the likely implications for the landlord and landladies that use foreign broadcasters, the broadcasters themselves, and even the Leagues that sell their rights, if Karen Murphy wins her appeal against her conviction for showing Premier League football through a Greek satellite channel? The MPS call themselves a “non statutory investigative and prosecution body whose aims and objectives are to combat counterfeiting and the infringement of intellectual property rights at every level.”, and are most well known for this case where they are working on behalf of the Football Association Premier League Limited (FAPL) – which is a company that has been formed by the Premier League clubs, with the aim of protecting the Premier League’s TV rights. The MPS argues that Karen Murphy’s use of NOVA’s services contravenes section...

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The Death Of Windsor & Eton

With barely a whimper, as quietly as a mouse, a football club died today at the High Court in London. It might not matter that much to many people that Windsor & Eton Football Club should have slipped from consciousness today, but it matters to some – the couple of hundred or so people that supported them, those that played for them, were amongst the backroom staff and the volunteers that ran the club through well over a century of history, for example. There was and will continue to be a short mourning period for another non-league club that has fallen by the wayside but life, we can safely assume, will then continue as per normal. No lessons learnt, no-one held culpable and no change from the headlong rush towards insanity in which we find our game. Founded as Windsor & Eton Temperance FC in 1892, this was not a club accumstomed to creating headlines. Members of the Athenian League until 1981, promotion into the Premier Division of the Isthmian League was rapid and, in the autumn of 1983, they held Harry Redknapp’s AFC Bournemouth in the Second Round proper of the FA Cup. The opposition for the replay was already known to be Manchester United in the Third Round and, after Bournemouth won the second match by two goals to nil at Dean Court, Windsor’s opposition went on...

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Wrexham’s Proposed New Owners Fail To Impress Their Audience

Going into tonights match aganst Altrincham, Wrexham FC had won five matches in a row in the league, lifting them to fourth place in the table and, while they may have left things a little too late to be able to launch a challenge for the title itself for this season, a place in the play-offs is firmly within their grasp and should they continue the sort of form that they have shown of late they would fancy their chances against anybody come the end of the season. Yet, while this makes a refreshing change for a support base that has become dispiritingly accustomed to under-achievement on the pitch, the story of Wrexham’s season could yet turn out to be defined by what is happening off the pitch rather than the team’s achievements on it. We have reported before on the behaviour of the club’s owners, Ian Roberts and Geoff Moss, at the beginning of January, in what looked like a deliberate strategy of separating Wrexham FC from The Racecourse Ground, its home since 1872 and the oldest international football stadium in the world that still hosts international matches. Although Roberts protested, somewhat feebly, that, “We actually view it as strengthing The Racecourse position because one of the sideways issues is as a football club owning the stadium”, it is already starting to become apparent that Roberts and Moss...

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