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Rwanda: Court Ruling Against Content Piracy Hailed By Stakeholders

The English Premier League (EPL), UEFA, and Canal Plus have applauded the recent ruling of the Rwanda Commercial High Court as payback for piracy activities in the country and Africa. They should serve as a precedent for dealing with the corrosive problem of content piracy in the future.
The ruling of the Rwanda Commercial High Court was against the TV outfit Victory TV who was taken before the court for piracy activities involving the illegal and authorised broadcasting of the Uefa champions league, the Europa League and games in the English Premier League.
The Rwanda regulatory authority, RURA, following the decisions of the Courts have moved to suspend the license of Victory TV and ordered it to stop any nefarious piracy activity.
A joint statement released by the football bodies said that: “Uefa and the English Premier League note that the making available of footage of their respective competitions without authorisation, is an infringement of their intellectual property rights and are pleased to see the Courts in Rwanda have robustly supported this principle (and the protection of our rights).”
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