Manuel Martínez Ribas obtains a second favorable court decision in the dispute over satellite TV football rights.


id law partners obtains a second favorable court decision in the dispute over the rights of English "Premier League" football and the satellite television footprint.

Manuel Martínez Ribas obtains a second favorable court decision in a case that marks a pioneering milestone in the Spanish case law discussion of whether the copyright infringement on satellite television rights, is or is not a crime. This is because, to criminalize the conduct, would be to criminalize the distributors of the technology and all European citizens residing in other EU territories who are accessing their local television through their legitimate decoder card which have been previously paid up.

For some time, the balance of interests oppose the rights of European consumers to view their local television regardless of the territory in which they reside in the European Union, compared to th e multi-million euro business of the community distribution of football television rights in different European countries.

After some policing efforts by the applicants with the aim of seeking sensationalism through the media (e.g. here), Manuel Martínez Ribas obtained a first order of the Court of Instruction No. 22 in Barcelona in order to settle the dispute in accordance with the principles of European law, which ended successfully in a dismissal. That order has been further confirmed by the order of the Sixth Section of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, dated 26 April 2010. The legal arguments used, both against the police high tech crime special unit (to counter the incorrect arrest that was at first intended) as before the judges (ending in favorable judgments, finding no criminal behavior) basically focused on legality of the actions of technology suppliers, safeguarding the right of consumers to view satellite television of their country of European origin, in another European country. This same issue is being resolved now before the Court of Justice of the European Communities, although relative to other European territories where this same controversy has arisen.