Government to consider ruling on live sport on mobile phones

The Australian government has announced it will be “urgently” considering its options after the Federal Court surprisingly ruled in favour of Optus and allowed the company to continue to stream live AFL and NRL through mobile phones.

Optus will continue to be allowed this privilege despite not being an official broadcast rights holder. Telstra – which recently paid $153 million for exclusive mobile rights to the AFL – claimed the firm had breached copyright rules.

Julia Gillard of the ruling government said the matter needs to be considered by the government and it could look into revisions of the copyright laws in the country in view of these circumstances.

“We have said to them [sporting bodies] that we will urgently consider options here. I think we're all concerned about what this can mean for our great sporting codes,” Ms Gillard was reported as saying.

Optus has been providing close-to-live broadcasts via its TV Now service.

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