Pirate broadcaster Rojadirecta has been ruled illegal in Denmark and will be blocked by ISPs. The decision by a Danish court comes after a joint complaint by LaLiga and Danish copyright protection agency RettighedsAlliancen.
At the heart of the LaLiga case was the assertion that illegal streamed and unlicensed matches were used to draw traffic and therefore advertising revenue. This is not the first time the popular sports streaming site Rojadirecta has been in hot water. A few years ago a Madrid court threw a significant obstruction by ordering Rojadirecta to stop linking to certain football streams or have its site blocked by local ISPs. The site’s operators are popular for not caving in without a fight. Rojadirecta appeared at the Danish court hearing to argue that the blocking of its signal by internet providers was an illegal restriction for consumers; despite the fact it never paid for the broadcast rights of anything.
“Rojadirecta appeared in court and presented a defense but was convicted and blocked nonetheless – just like other illegal services. It stands to confirm that the blocking system works even if it is challenged, and of course, we are very pleased with this,” said Maria Fredenslund, CEO of RettighedsAlliancen.