So Where Have The GIFs Gone?

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    As some of you are already aware, I had a take down request last night from people “protecting” the Premier League and their rights.

    UPDATE: I’ve also had one for UEFA Champions League.

    I had expected this to happen, but not so soon, and not before they started taking down the bigger players in the game and not the little men like me who do it to allow people who can’t afford to go to games, pay for Sky, BT Broadband etc to view the goals scored by their football team. The team that they’ve supported for years. The team they may never get to go and see ever due to the ever spiraling costs of watching modern football.

    Whats more of a shame is that rather than embrace modern technology, the Premier League have instead decided to think about the £££ that its losing from Feint Zebra and other people like me. The same Feint Zebra who spends around £80 – £100 a month of his own money to keep this site going and doing what I’m doing. The same Feint Zebra that’s making approx £12 per month on advertising. The same Feint Zebra who is obviously going to damage the Premier League so much that its going to end up in liquidation.

    Remember that Wayne Rooney 87th minute goal against Manchester City in the game that United went on to lose 4-1? No? Want to see it again? Well – at one stage on Feint Zebra, you could do that. It was educational. A record of history. A 5 second clip of a moment in time. Now, you’ll either have to trawl YouTube or hope it pops up on some DVD somewhere sometime because thats the only way you are going to see it.

    Remember that 3-1 humiliation of Liverpool by Hull City? Remember their second goal scored by Meyler? No? Want to see it? Tough – you can’t.

    I’d be quite happy to work with the Premier League – introduce them to this new fangled computer technology that’s only been around for 25 years. They should be THE place to go to view ALL goals that are scored in their precious league. They should have an archive of all these goals so that people can watch, study, learn and write about, but they won’t do it.

    What do they do when Liverpool win against Tottenham five goals to nil?

    How about that people! How about that wonderful visualisation there? Amazing isn’t it. You can see just how good the opening goal was by Luis Suarez from that picture.

    I’d be quite happy to work with the football clubs – as they should be putting up the goals for the fans that can’t get to the games – but they won’t. Something about £££ and some stupid rules about not being allowed to show games between 3pm and 5pm?

    Here’s the email I received from NetResult Solutions who act on behalf of the Premier League.

    Dear Sirs

    The Football Association Premier League (the Premier League) is the governing body of the Premier League football competition (the Competition).

    In that capacity, the Premier League is mandated by its member football clubs to control and license any and all audio visual rights to all football matches played as part of the Competition.

    We have noticed that your Web Site is displaying and/or offering the Premier League’s audio visual content.

    As you have neither sought nor obtained permission from the Premier League or any of its authorised licensees to use this content, your present use is an infringement of the Premier League’s rights.

    Please immediately cease all such infringements on any and all of your web sites and confirm to us via email that you have done so.

    Nothing in this letter is intended or shall be construed to constitute an express or implied waiver of any of the Premier League’s rights or remedies, including any rights or remedies in respect of any infringement not expressly stated, whether current or in the future, all of which are expressly reserved.

    Formal Declaration

    I hereby state that NetResult is authorised to act on the Premier League’s behalf with respect to internet monitoring, compliance and enforcement in relation to the unauthorised use of Premier League content.

    On behalf of the Premier League I hereby state that I have a good faith belief that use of the content in the manner complained of is not authorised by the Premier League or its agents or licensees, or otherwise permitted at law.

    [I, xxxxxx xxxxxx, as a representative of NetResult hereby digitally sign this e-mail message under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America with the additional statement under penalty of perjury that the information in the notice is accurate.]

    Yours faithfully,
    xxxxxx xxxxxx
    NetResult Solutions Limited

    Tel: xxxxxxxxxxx

    Feel free to offer me some advice in the comments below – be good to know if there is anything I can do – and thanks everyone for all the support this past year – you’ve been amazing and helped make Feint Zebra what it is today.

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