Russia’s third largest company Rambler Group is suing streaming services Twitch for 180bn roubles for piracy of English premiere league games. It alleges that its exclusive rights were breached for thousands of times in the interval of four months from August to November.
But twitch’s lawyer has said that the allegation of Rambler group was unfounded and that it is not true. Russia is the home to third largest user of Twitch, which has over15million active users worldwide! Its terms and conditions states that the users cannot share content without permission from the copyright owners, which means no one is allowed to breach the security and the information.
Though according to the Twitch’s lawyer Julianna Tabastaeva, Twitch “only provides users with access to the platform and is unable to change the content posted by users, or track possible violations and also she mentioned that they took all the required measures to do away with any violations whatsoever. But everything will give a bit clear picture once the Moscow city court does its proceedings on 20th December. For time being the court has ordered a temporary suspension of English Premier League that Twitch streams till the results are out.
Mikhail Gershkovich, head of Rambler Group’s sports project, has said that their suit against Twitch is to defend their exclusive rights to broadcast English Premier League matches and that they will continue to actively combat pirate broadcasts.