Spanish court blocks 41 pirate sites streaming LaLiga and Movistar illegally

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Telefonica Audiovisual Digital-Movistar and Spain’s LaLiga football league won a decision by the Commercial Court in Barcelona, to immediately block sites that offer LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank matches illegally. ¬†According to a news report by Cinco Dias, the 41 sites will also be monitored over time, to identify any changes that the sites might make to evade detection and resume illegal streaming.

In early 2020, a Madrid court ruled that Telefonica could list new sites for blocking each week, without the need to pursue them in court. ¬†The ruling ordered major Spanish operators that include Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange and MasMovil, to block sites “from which URLs, domains, IP addresses were provided within … 72 hours,” and confirm back to Telefonica that the blocking request was carried out by identifying the blocked sites and time of blocking.

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Read the full article (via CincoDias, translated to English by Google Translate)

Why it matters

According to CincoDias, “The lawsuit requested judicial authorization to obtain an “agile and immediate” tool that allows the fight against piracy of exclusive sporting events, in line with what was approved by the European Parliament, which in May of this year urged the Member States to enable legal measures in this regard.”

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