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Broadband policies

Sky's approach to protecting copyright

We’ve invested billions of pounds in high-quality entertainment for our customers because we know how much our customers value it. It’s therefore important that companies like ours do what they can, alongside the Government and the rest of the media and technology industries, to help protect copyright. Such protection makes sure that consumers continue to benefit from TV programmes, movies and music both now and in the future. This means taking effective action against online piracy and copyright infringement.

  • File sharing court orders

    Copyright holders who believe broadband users have unlawfully shared content online have the option of taking their cases to court.

    They can present evidence based on IP addresses, a unique code that identifies a broadband connection. Internet service providers like Sky have records of their customers’ IP addresses. So, copyright holders can ask the court for an order obliging them to reveal the names and addresses associated with the IP addresses presented. If the order is granted, the service provider must comply.

    Here are orders we’ve received from the courts where we’ve been compelled to provide customer details:

    Date: 30 January 2015
    Obtained by : TCYK LLC
    Details: Movie entitled 'The Company You Keep'

    Date: 26 August 2015
    Obtained by: Golden Eye International Limited
    Details: Various titles

    The copyright holder is likely to contact the customer directly and may ask them to pay compensation.

    If a court order is granted, we’ll contact our affected customers to let them know and to warn them about the letter they might receive from the rights holder.

    If you receive a letter directly from a copyright holder, we advise you to read it carefully. It may be that you’re not aware of the claims being made – other people might’ve had access to your internet connection, or you simply don’t recall downloading or sharing the content.

    If you need some advice, we recommend you go to the Citizens Advice Bureau, or call them on 03454 040 506. They offer free, impartial and confidential service. You can also seek advice from your solicitor.

  • Websites we’ve blocked under order of the High Court

    Increasingly content owners are turning to the courts to present evidence of copyright infringement by websites that offer content illegally to users.

    If the High Court agrees that copyright infringement has occurred on a website, the content owners can seek a court order which compels internet service providers like Sky to block access to those sites over their broadband networks.

    Here are details of orders we've received from the High Court, and a list of sites we've blocked:

    Date: 25 July 2017
    Obtained by: Football Association Premier League
    Websites blocked: A number of unidentified servers associated with infringing Premier League match footage will be blocked until the end of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

    Date: 8 March 2017
    Obtained by: Football Association Premier League
    Websites blocked: A number of unidentified servers associated with infringing Premier League match footage, which will be blocked until the end of the 2016/17 Premier League season. 

    Date: 26 May 2016
    Obtained by: Members of MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blocked: Couchtuner | MerDB | Putlocker | Putlocker Plus | Rainierland | Vidics | Watchfree | Xmovies8

    Date: 21 March 2016
    Obtained by: Cartier International AG, Montblanc-Simplo GMBH and Richemont International S.A.
    Websites blocked: Perfect Watches | Purse Valley | Montblanc Ebay | Montblanc.com.co | Replica Watches Store

    Date: 2 June 2015
    Obtained by: The Publishers Association
    Websites blocked: Avaxhm Ebookee | Freebookspot | Freshwap | Libgen | Bookfi | Bookre

    Date: 22 May 2015
    Obtained by: The Football Association Premier League Limited
    Websites blocked: Drakulastream |LiveTV |Rojadirecta

    Date: 15 May 2015
    Obtained by: Members of MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blocked: Adfah | Watch Online Series |G2G |Axxo Movies |Popcorn Time IO |Flixtor |Popcorn Time SE |Isoplex.Isohunt |Eztvapi |Eqwww.image.yt |Time Popcorn

    Date: 13 March 2015
    Obtained by: Cartier International AG, Montblanc-Simplo GMBH and Richemont International S.A.
    Websites blocked: CartiersJewelryOnline |PillarRecruitment

    Date: 17 February 2015
    Obtained by: Members of BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited and of Phonographic Performance Limited
    Websites blocked: Bursalagu | Fullsongs | Mega-Search | Mp3 Monkey | mp3.li | Mp3Bear | MP3Boo | mp3Clan | mp3Olimp | MP3s.pl | mp3soup | Mp3Truck | Musicaddict | My Free MP3 | Plixid | RnBXclusive | STAFA Band

    Date: 17 December 2014
    Obtained by: Cartier International AG, Montblanc-Simplo GMBH and Richemont International S.A
    Websites  blocked:  CartierLove2U | IWCWatchTop | ReplicaWatchesIWC | 1IWC | MontBlancPensOnlineUK | MontBlancOutletOnline 

    Date: 11 December 2014
    Obtained by: Members of MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blockedWatchseries.lt Stream TV  Watchseries-online.eu   Watchseries.to Cucirca   Movie25 Iwannawatch.at | Warez BB | Icefilms | Tehparadox | Heroturko | Iwatchonline | Scene Source | Rapid Moviez | Los Movies | Isohunt | TorrentButler |Sumotorrent | Torrentbytes | Seventorrents | Rar BG | Torrenzpro | torrent.cd | BitSoup | IPtorrents | Tor Movies | Demonoid | Torrenting | Vertor | Yourbittorrent | torrents.fm | Torrentday

    Date: 26 November 2014
    Obtained by: Members of BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited and of Phonographic Performance Limited
    Websites blocked: Bittorrent.am | BTDigg | Btloft | Bit Torrent Scene | Limetorrents | NowTorrents | Picktorrent | Seedpeer |Torlock | Torrentbit | Torrentdb | Torrentdownload |Torrentexpress | TorrentFunk | Torrentproject |TorrentRoom |Torrents | TorrentUs | Torrentz |Torrentzap | Vitorrent

    Date: 12 March 2014
    Obtained by: Members of the MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blocked: Megashare website | Viooz website | Watch32 website | zMovie website

    Date: 4 December 2013
    Obtained by: Members of the MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blocked: SolarMovie | Tube+

    Date: 21 November 2013
    Obtained by: Members of the MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Website blocked: Project-Free TV (PFTV)

    Date: 21 November 2013
    Obtained by: Members of the MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blocked: YIFY-Torrents

    Date: 21 November 2013
    Obtained by: Members of the MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blocked: Primewire | Vodly | Watchfreemovies

    Date: 30 October 2013
    Obtained by: Members of BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited and of Phonographic Performance Limited
    Websites blocked: 1337x | BitSnoop | ExtraTorrent | Monova | TorrentCrazy | TorrentDownloads | TorrentHound | Torrentreactor | Torrentz

    Date: 30 October 2013
    Obtained by: Members of BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited and of Phonographic Performance Limited
    Websites blocked: Abmp3 |BeeMp3 | Bomb-Mp3 | eMp3World | Filecrop | FilesTube | Mp3Juices | Mp3lemon | Mp3Riad | Mp3skull | NewAlbumReleases | Rapidlibrary

    Date: 25 July 2013
    Obtained by: The Football Association Premier League Limited
    Website blocked: First Row Sports

    Date: 25 July 2013
    Obtained by: Members of the MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blocked: EZTV

    Date: 20 May 2013
    Obtained by: Members of the MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)
    Websites blocked: Movie2K | Download4All

    Date: 21 March 2013
    Obtained by: Members of BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited and of Phonographic Performance Limited
    Websites blocked: Fenopy | H33t | KAT or Kickass Torrents websites

    Date: 30 May 2012
    Obtained by: Members of BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited and of Phonographic Performance Limited
    Website blocked: The Pirate Bay

    As a Sky customer you have the right to apply to vary or discharge any of the Orders listed above. Make your application directly to the High Court and be sure to do the following:

    • Provide your identity and clearly state that you’re an applicant.
    • Provide evidence explaining why you're making an application.
    • Notify the party who has obtained the court order and your internet service provider at least ten days before the hearing.

    Unfortunately we can’t provide any legal advice or assistance if you choose to apply, but you may find help at citizensadvice.org.uk or adviceguide.org.uk

  • Illegal streaming and piracy

    Piracy is the illegal copying, sharing and distribution of content and includes watching content without a valid subscription. This could be via card sharing, log in sharing, online streaming (using devices like Kodi boxes) or illegal downloads (from torrent sites like Pirate Bay).

    The supply of illegal streams is a criminal offence and these suppliers don’t provide security, guarantees, or filters – users don’t know what’s on these boxes, they won’t get their money back when they fail, can expose themselves to malware and other security risks, and they can't protect their children from adult or inappropriate content.

    What we have done

    On 13th March 2017, the High Court ordered the UK’s major internet service providers, including Sky, to try and block certain servers from illegally streaming Premier League matches. We support this as the hosts of these streams are breaking the law and by watching the stream you infringe Sky’s copyright.

    If you were watching a Premier League game on your Kodi box or IPTV device then it’s very likely that you were watching this game via an illegal stream.

    To watch a Premier League game on Sky Sports, you will need a Sky subscription or NOWTV pass.

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