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Blogspot shut down in Turkey following football broadcast spat

A court in Turkey has pulled the plug on Google's Blogspot following illegal broadcasts of football matches on some of its sites.

The court made the ruling after a complaint from TV company Digiturk. The company said illegal broadcasts of the league games had not stopped despite its warnings.

"Digiturk has spent $321m [£276m] in order to get the right to broadcast Spor Toto Super League matches. However, matches [broadcasting rights] belonging to Digiturk and Lig TV are broadcasted by certain websites, disregarding all relevant laws," it said.

"Thus, we applied to court to ban these websites, and the court decided to ban access to them, after it was proved that although all legal procedures were conducted, the violations were not stopped."

Google suggested that the shutdown was heavy-handed. "The process for making a copyright claim for content uploaded to Blogger is straightforward and efficient, and we encourage all content owners to use it rather than seek a broad ban on access to the service," it said.

Speaking at CeBIT in Germany, Serhat Özeren, chairman of the Telecommunications and Energy Services Consumer Rights and Industry Research Association (TEDER), said Google was in a position to intervene. "Google experiences the same problem in other countries as well. Only Google can appeal this decision," reported World Bulletin.


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