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Under the order, the content provided by the illegitimate servers or hosts, using streams from legal broadcast outlets, will be targeted in real time for disabling using the latest advances in technology, the court heard.
The internet protocol IP addresses of the streaming hosts will be updated at least twice during match time so that the blocking can be enabled, Jonathan Newman SC, for the premier league company said.
The court heard similar blocking orders were obtained last year in the UK where a court heard the problem of illegal streaming of the games had become ubiquitous. Guilty In a survey of 2, adults, 36 per cent said they accessed material they were not entitled to, with 19 per cent admitting they accessed premiership matches this way, counsel said.
Some 51 per cent said they did not feel guilty such is the ubiquity of copyright infringement, he said. The technology did not allow the identification of end users but the blocking technology was similar to that used when Ireland became the first jurisdiction to enable blocking of copyrighted music and films following a court order, he said.
Part of the order sought contained confidential information which would only be known to the court and the parties involved because if it was disclosed it would enable circumvention of the order, counsel said.
The blocking technology will be stopped after the games have ended and will be reset each week so as to respond to the changing nature of each infringement, counsel said.
Alleged infringers will also be notified each week and will be required to notify the end users of the order. It will also permit alleged infringers to make application to the court for unblocking should any of their legitimate material be blocked.
Asked by the judge how effective the blocking orders had been, counsel said academic research showed, in relation to music and film, access to such material had reduced by 90 per cent, while the overall rate of piracy by hosters had reduced 22 per cent, There had been an increase of 6 per cent take-up of legitimate services like Netflix and 10 per cent for the BBC.
Mr Newman said the criteria for obtaining the order was clearly met and there were appropriate safeguards to ensure it did not impact on legitimate use of the internet.