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The former licensee of an Irish pub has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after screening Sky Sports without permission.
James Keogh appeared at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London on Monday (November 20).
He was taken to court by Sky after a covert operation found that Sky Sports was being screened at Keogh's Irish Bar, in Mansfield Road, Nottingham city centre,without having the required commercial agreements.
Mr Keogh was ordered to pay £12,002 in damages and legal costs of £9,397.
In total, he must pay £21,399 and he must pay it within 28 days of the order being served on him.
It came after the court issued a judgment in default on May 9.
A member of staff at Keogh's Irish Bar told the Post this weekend that Mr Keogh is no longer a licensee of the pub, and declined to comment further.
Licensed premises such as pubs should only stream Sky if they have an agreement with Sky Business.
If they do, they will be sent a Sky licence to display in their window and a pint glass icon will appear occasionally appear on their TV screen.
According to Sky, any pubs without either the licence or pint glass icon is streaming channels illegally.
Sky visits more than 700 pubs each week as part of a covert operation to clampdown on copyright infringement.
George Lawson, head of commercial piracy at Sky, said: "Orders like these demonstrate the seriousness of screening Sky Sports without the required commercial licenses.
"It is damaging to the industry, and those licensees who choose to show content in this way should be aware that they are at a high risk of being caught and facing substantial penalties.
"Our customers are very important to us and we will not hesitate in taking action against pubs who continue to screen Sky Sports fraudulently, ensuring that the thousands of law-abiding pubs and clubs who pay for legitimate commercial Sky subscriptions are not short-changed."