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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today gave its judgment in cases brought by the FA Premier League (FAPL) and its licensing partners against the sellers and users of satellite TV decoder cards shipped from Greece to the UK and used in British pubs to screen live Premier League games.

The ECJ, in a sweeping judgment, ruled that the FAPL could not prevent UK users from buying decoder cards in other European countries, and held that contract terms which the FAPL had with all its European broadcasters, and which tightly enforced territoriality, were unlawful and unenforceable.

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