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Turkey to block Twitter’s streaming platform Periscope during super league matches

Twitter’s live-streaming service Periscope will be blocked during Turkey’s top football league matches, an Istanbul court has said in a landmark ruling. The court has approved a request from satellite broadcaster Digiturk to block Periscope during all Super League games. Digiturk is owned by beIN Media Group, which acquired the company in 2016.

According to a report by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, the 1st Court of Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights in Istanbul ordered a provisional injunction to block access to Periscope during Super Toto Super League games.

Bulent Kent, General Secretary of Access Providers Association (ESB), said that access would be blocked when a broadcast begins and then reopened when it ends, according to Anadolu. He said the blocking would begin on the first day of the Turkish Super League football season on August 10 when Ankaragucu take on Galatasaray.

Digiturk had complained that Periscope was not effectively tackling illegal broadcast of live Super League matches on its platform. The concern reportedly was that fans at games or even at home watching television could stream games for other viewers for free through Periscope.

The court stated that its ruling could be seen as a precedent that could be applied to other platforms during live broadcasts.


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