Two licensees of a Corby pub have been ordered to pay up more than £17,000 for illegally broadcasting Sky Sports football matches.
Joseph McLaughlin and Catherine McLaughlin, of The Domino in Kingsthorpe Avenue, were convicted in their absence at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on April 7.
The court was told the pub had dishonestly broadcast football matches shown on Sky Sports intending to avoid charges.
In addition to receiving a criminal conviction, the pair were ordered to pay a total of £17,288.44 in fines and costs.
The prosecution was brought by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact).
Prosecuting manager of Fact Stephen Gerrard said: “This latest conviction demonstrates how seriously licensees and their staff should take the issue of illegally showing Sky Sports content in their premises.
“In addition to the risk of being subject to an unlimited fine for the offences they commit, the court can order legal costs to be paid and there is a requirement to inform the local licensing authority of the criminal offence, which can impact on their licence.”
Sky says it is committed to visiting every licensed premise reported by other publicans or organisations for illegally showing Sky and is visiting more than 700 pubs a week in towns and cities across the UK this season.
Deputy managing director of Sky Business Alison Dolan said: “Licensees who show Sky Sports illegally are putting the livelihoods of honest landlords at risk.
“We visit thousands of pubs every season to monitor the games they are showing and continue to support Fact’s work to protect hardworking Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this activity.”
Suspected illegal broadcasting can be reported at business.sky.com/fighting-fraud.