Movistar and LaLiga’s fight against web pages who broadcast unlicensed football It is a battle that has been going on for many years. Last February, without going any further, an ordinance in Spain authorized them to ask all Internet access operators every week to immediately block sites intended for this purpose.
Now there is two new sentences that support them and which will be valid until the 2024/2025 season. On the one hand, LaLiga and Movistar Plus+ have won a joint lawsuit that affects the content of LaLiga, and on the other hand, Movistar Plus+ has also individually won another decision that applies to the audiovisual content of the platform.
Just in time for the start of La Liga
LaLiga and Movistar Plus+ have won the joint lawsuit brought by the two entities before Commercial Court No. 9 in Barcelona, which allows them to be able to block weekly access to domains that facilitate the illegal distribution of LaLiga content.
As detailed in the judgment of July 25, 2022, there is “many cases of digital piracy which flagrantly affect the exploitation of their rights”, through the use of “different models for pirating audiovisual content on the Internet (in particular sports content)”.
It is therefore legally permitted a “dynamic blocking” measure which will not be applied in a timely manner, but weekly with the new identifications of URLs, domains and IP addresses, without the need to communicate them beforehand to the court. The penalty will start to apply next week, just before the start of La Liga on August 12, and will be in effect until the 2024/2025 season.
Websites can be blocked in less than 3 hours
Movistar Plus+ has also won another similar lawsuit brought individually before Commercial Court number 6 in Barcelona. The judgment of July 27, 2022 establishes that telecommunications operators of Internet access in Spain they have to block access every week areas “through which intellectual property rights would be infringed”.
This sentence is valid for three sports seasons, until the end of the 2024-2025 season, and also indicates that the blockade must be carried out in the maximum period of three hours from the notification of the new list (which does not need to be presented to the courts).
The sentence applies both to the content of the Movistar Plus + platform and to that of the OTTs with which Movistar has agreements
In addition, it applies both to the Movistar Plus+ platform and to the OTTs with which Movistar has agreements. This means that this justice-enabled weekly pirate domain blocking mechanism protects all content on the Movistar Plus+ platform (#0 and #Vamos channels, original series, programs, Movistar LaLiga, Movistar UEFA Champions and UEFA Europa League ), as well as the content of the OTTs with which Movistar has agreements (DAZN, Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, ATRESplayer Premium, Mitele, LaLiga Sports).
These sentences are consistent with two other previous court orders that activated a similar protection mechanismthat of February 11, 2020, of the Commercial Court number 7 of Madrid, and that of December 21, 2021, of the Commercial Court number 6 of Barcelona.