Football: Thai firm sues Apple over Premier League app

Sep 12, 2013
Thai villagers watch a live broadcast of a football match in the southern province of Narathiwat on June 21, 2010.

A Thai cable television company on Thursday said it was suing Apple for $3 million accusing the US technology giant of selling an application that violates its exclusive rights to English Premier League football.

CTH has also filed against Apple Inc. and Apple Thailand with a Thai court that specialises in international trade and intellectual property disputes, he added.

Thai copyright law allows both civil and criminal actions to be brought by one party.

The complaint pivots on an application sold via Apple's App Store—made by a Thai developer—that shows matches on mobile devices and from the wildly-popular English Premier League.

"This app has caused huge damage to us because it has also affected contracts we have with other ," legal advisor Paiboon Amonpinyokeat alleged, referring to deals with a Thai firm to provide exclusive football coverage.

"It's a contributory . We filed a civil case seeking 100 million baht ($3.1 million) in compensation," he said, adding legal action has also been taken against the app's Thai developer.

Paiboon said CTH had contacted Apple but the contentious app was still available. The court will hear the case on November 18, he added.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.

CTH secured rights to this season's Premier League games after beating Thailand's biggest cable True Corporation in an auction, upsetting many Thai consumers who have had to change cable subscription or miss football matches.

Explore further: Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

China court orders Apple to pay in rights dispute

Dec 28, 2012

A Chinese court has ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan ($165,000) to eight Chinese writers and two companies who say unlicensed copies of their work were distributed through Apple's online store.

Thai police seek to monitor chat app for crimes (Update)

Aug 13, 2013

Thai police asked the operator of the popular "Line" instant messaging app for access to records of online chats, raising concerns about intrusive surveillance despite promising only suspected criminals would ...

Recommended for you

Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

9 hours ago

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.

Sony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack

14 hours ago

A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information.

Sony tells AFP it still plans movie release

15 hours ago

Sony Pictures boss Michael Lynton denied Friday the Hollywood studio has "caved" by canceling the release of "The Interview," and said it still hoped to release the controversial film.

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

Dec 19, 2014

When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but ...

Clooney slams skittish Hollywood after Sony hack

Dec 19, 2014

Film star George Clooney slammed the Hollywood movie industry for failing to stand up against the cyber threats that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel release of the movie "The Interview."

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.