The European Commission is calling on EU countries to step up their efforts to combat the illegal broadcasting of sports matches.
Media companies and sports associations have been urging to intervene against this practice for some time, costing them billions of euros yearly.
It is still often impossible to tackle online radio pirates. Before a website with a clandestine broadcast has been noticed and permission has been granted to block it, the competition is sometimes over, and the damage has already been done. Moreover, pirates often effortlessly move to another identical website and continue there.
Internet providers must therefore act immediately after a report, the committee believes. Moreover, court orders to block a website should be designed to be used across multiple sites, the EU’s executive board recommends. This way, ‘mirror sites’ can also be tackled immediately.
However, the committee also asks something from broadcasters such as ESPN, Viaplay and Canal+ themselves. She suggests that it could also make a difference if they make more attractive offers to their viewers.