A few months ago Katfriend Riyadh Al-Balushi (SOAS University of London) wrote a post explaining the IP implications of the Qatar diplomatic crisis.
Now back with a 2-part post that tackles the TRIPS-relevant aspects of the crisis, including with regard to TV network beIN Sports.
Here's what Riyadh writes:
"The diplomatic crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) between Qatar on one side, and Saudi, Bahrain, and the UAE on the other is still ongoing with no solution in sight. The dispute that started in June 2017 has had an impact on all aspects of life in the countries involved as all direct transportation links between Qatar and the other three countries have been cut off (land, maritime and airspace), Qatari nationals were deported, and Qatari businesses were shut down in these three countries. While the impact of the conflict has been very visible on industries such as aviation and shipping, the entertainment industry, and more specifically the sports broadcasting industry, has also been seriously affected because beIN Sports - the biggest sports TV network in the Middle East and North Africa - was caught up in the crossfire of the diplomatic crisis due to of its ownership by Qatar. In this two part blog series, we will explore the intellectual property implications of the actions taken against beIN Sports and the extent to which they constitute a violation of the TRIPS Agreement - as Qatar currently claims.
When the crisis started, Saudi, Bahrain and the UAE took numerous actions against Qatari businesses including blocking access to the websites of Qatar Airways, Al Jazeera, and beIN Sports, along with the shutdown of any physical offices that these businesses had. In regard to beIN Sports specifically, Saudi and Bahrain also banned the sale of new subscriptions and the renewal of existing subscriptions. These two countries also prohibited hotels, cafes, and other similar establishments from displaying any of their channels to their customers.
To read the whole article please see the link below: