Kenya: ISPs must block 44 sites streaming MultiChoice programming illegally

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In 2019, MultiChoice, Africa’s largest media company, issued takedown notices to 44 infringing Web sites in Kenya for illegally distributing programming by SuperSport, including the MultiChoice services GOtv and DStv.

On June 23, 2022, Kenya’s High Court issued a ruling that calls upon two major ISPs, Jamii Telecom Limited and Safaricom PLC, to permanently block these pirate operations. This ruling supercedes a successful appeal by Safaricom to stay a 2022 High Court blocking order.

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“With this verdict, Kenya is saying that any business looking to invest in Kenya can rest assured that their intellectual property will be protected,” said MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director, Nancy Matimu

Read the full article, Landmark Ruling as Court Orders Block of These Live Sporting Streaming Websites, which includes the list of infringing sites, on the news Web site.

Why it matters

The MultiChoice services distribute top-tier sports programming that includes LaLiga, the English Premier League, UEFA’s Super Cup, Championship and Europa leagues.  MultiChoice is no stranger to piracy detection and anti-piracy initiatives.  Irdeto, one of the leading content security technology providers, is a MultiChoice company.

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