Arabsat wins compensation from BeIN in piracy dispute, rejects new allegations over BeoutQ
25 September 2019
Arabsat said in a statement that a recent ruling by a French tribunal upheld a previous court decision in its favour, which had dismissed allegations made by BeIN Sports against the company. The legal dispute centred on accusations that Arabsat facilitated illegal satellite broadcasts from pirate channel BeoutQ. BeIN Sports has been forced to pay Arabsat "unprecedented financial compensation" as a result of the ruling.
Condemning the accusations as irresponsible, Arabsat has also described as disgraceful similar claims made earlier this month by a group of football federations over its alleged links with Beoutq. This follows the release of an independent report by MarkMonitor into the actions of BeoutQ. FIFA, UEFA and several other rights holders issued a joint statement saying that the report proved without question that BeoutQ's pirate broadcasts were transmitted using satellite infrastructure owned and operated by Arabsat.