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What are the implications of charging the general public

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What are the implications of charging the general public money to watch a live sporting event in my home.
I have an idea about creating an online platform which allows normal people to host live sporting events (fights on sky sports, football, BT etc) in their home where guests will pay to watch with likeminded people and pay the host an entry fee.
In my opinion this will boost more sales for pay per view as many more people are likely to buy in the hope that others will pay to watch in their home.
I am just worried about the legal implications that I may face as well as my hosts. This Idea can be for movies as well, I would like to know the legal implications for this as well.
Is it possible to rent out a lounge with the option of buying pay per view? I want to explore all different angles to overcome this legal obstacle if possible.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  F E Smith replied 1 year ago.

The implication is that this is a public broadcast because you would be charging (even though it would be in your own home) need the appropriate commercial licence from Sky. It is not illegal to use a decoder but it is illegal to broadcast the sky logo and the logo on the sporting events, without specific consent. The matter has already been to court and the fines been substantial.

In a private members club, it still classed as a public broadcast.

Lots of people have been looking for similar loopholes and thus far, they have failed.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What about with movies? where broadcasters like sky aren't involved.
Expert:  F E Smith replied 1 year ago.

If it was music you would need a licence from an organisation such as the Performing Right Society.

In respect of films, you would need a licence from an organisation such as the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation.

There is Copyright to any work of art or literature which includes music and paintings, books, films, television broadcast et cetera and to publicly broadcast this for profit, you need a licence otherwise you breach the originators intellectual property right.