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Safaricom Has Appealed To The High Court To Stop The Decision Of Blocking Illegal Football Streams

Safaricom has appealed to the high court to stop the decision of blocking illegal streams.

Let’s take a bit of walk back to 2020 when MultiChoice the South African company that manages Supersport appealed to the high court to stop Safaricom and Jamii Telecom from playing football on illegal sites.

The streaming sites are an obvious threat since a majority of Kenyans cannot afford the premium subscription on DSTV but instead have over 130 streaming sites that they can watch football from.

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The court order.

Safaricom and Jamii Telecom had been ordered to to blacklist the sites but this would be a huge blow to their business considering they sell broadband connection to hundreds of thousands of households.

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However, since most people can now afford Wi-Fi a lot more people have opted out from MultiChoice especially the younger generation. It does make sense that MultiChoice is looking for a way to legally protect their revenue though in the corporate world everyone needs to make money one way or another.

Safaricom appeals.

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Safaricom appealed in the Court of Appeal for a new hearing and they argued that if MultiChoice is granted what they want and sites will be blocked it would set a dangerous precedence and would put the telcos giant at risk by the possibility of being sued by other media companies.

MultiChoice had sought the help of the courts following an argument that it was losing substantial revenue to illegal streamers. Also, MultiChoice said that it owned content on illegal streaming websites, effectively making a case for copyright infringement.

Vanessa Waithera
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Vanessa Waithera is a young writer from Daystar University. She has been a writer for 7 years and enjoys it as a hobby and passion. During her free time she enjoys nature walks, discoveries ,reading and takes pleasure in new challenges and experiences. Contact: [email protected]

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