The purpose of this Recommendation is to combat online piracy of sports and other live events. As regards sports live events, it is necessary to encourage Member States and all relevant stakeholders to take effective measures against unauthorised retransmission of live sports events, while guaranteeing the necessary safeguards to protect fundamental rights.

On 4 May 2023, the European Commission adopted a recommendation on ways to combat commercially-oriented online piracy of broadcasts of sports and other live events such as concerts or theatre performances. It encourages Member States, national authorities, rights holders and intermediary service providers to take effective, balanced and appropriate measures to combat unauthorised transmissions (streaming), in full compliance with fundamental rights and data protection rules. The Recommendation is intended to help step up the fight against this type of internet piracy and, as a result, strengthen the competitiveness of the EU’s sports and creative industries.