By Marcus Leach
A pub landlady from Portsmouth has won another stage in what could be a monumental decision concerning broadcasting Premier League football in her pub.
Karen Murphy had originally paid almost £8,000 in fines having used a Greek decoder to screen Premier League football, and in doing so avoiding certain controls over match screening.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said that national laws which prohibit the import, sale or use of foreign decoder cards are contrary to the freedom to provide services.
The decision could have wide reaching consequences for the Premier League, who at present have exclusive screening agreement s with both Sky Sports and ESPN.
However, whilst the screening of the match itself is acceptable under the laws, the screening of any pre-match filming, Premier League anthems or highlights was against copyright.
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