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Location, location, location…does it really matter?

1 December 2010

The High Court has confirmed that rights infringement of internet hosted material can only occur in the country where the host server is based.

In the case of Football Dataco Limited and others v Sportradar, the claimants ran a site which exploited certain data relating to English and Scottish football matches. Sportradar ran a similar site hosted on webservers in Germany and Austria. Dataco argued that when the British public viewed Sportradar’s site, this infringed Dataco’s UK copyright and database rights. The High Court disagreed.

Whilst this decision does clarify the law on this point, it does not particularly assist in aiding the prevention of online infringement. In fact it may influence some operators to host infringing data on servers in selectively sourced countries…thereby making the protection of intellectual property rights in relation to the internet even more difficult than it already is.

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