FOX Sports Latin America released a statement highlighting the work of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) regarding the complaint of piracy against the OTT service Sportflix. The sports network expressed “public support for the rapid action of the IMPI in order to prevent possible crimes or infractions that could affect the rights – exclusive or shared – on sports competitions.
“It is important to note that these actions not only protect the rights of FOX Sports, but also protect consumers who, by providing personal and financial information – credit cards or other means of payment – own or family, to websites of dubious legality, are exposed to the risk of being victim of robbery or even fraud and extortion,” the company added in its statement.
FOX Sports mentioned that it has the rights to competitions such as the CONMEBOL Libertadores, CONCACAF Champions League, Bundesliga, NFL, MLB, WWE, UFC, Premier Boxing Champions, NASCAR, Dakar Rally, Formula 1, Formula E, Italian Serie TIM A and the UEFA Champions League.
The complaint for piracy against Sportflix resulted in the provisional suspension of the site and the opening of an investigation by the IMPI. Recently, Carlos Martinez, president of FOX Network Group (FNG) Latin America told El Financiero newspaper that FOX Sports and other sports content providers have already prepared a lawsuit against the service in case that the IMPI concludes that the OTT effectively infringes the broadcast rights of several companies.