Two pubs in Glasgow were ordered to pay damages for showing Sky Sports illegally in their premises.

The Old Govan Arms, located on Govan Road, and the Stables Bar, situated on Old Edinburgh Road were both fined for £10,000 plus interest, Sky's costs and the price of the publication of notices advertising the orders in the local press.  

Natasha Copeland, tenant, and Janice Paterson, as well as M&K Taverns Ltd, tenant, and Maureen McLaughlin (DPM) were ordered to pay for damages for infringing copyright by the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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Sara Stewart, Commercial Compliance Lead at Sky, added: “Now more than ever it’s important to protect the investment of our customers. Businesses that show Sky Sports illegally can leave our legitimate Sky subscribers feeling short-changed.

“We actively visit thousands of pubs every season to monitor the games they are showing to help protect hardworking Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity.

“Venues who continue to televise content in this way are breaking the law, and are at risk of being caught, which can result in licensees being ordered to pay significant damages and legal costs to Sky, and/or losing their personal licence.”

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