Russian courts have blocked the streaming video service from broadcasting Premier League television after The Rambler Media Group said it would sue Amazon’s Twitch over piracy, the Russian news agency reported. Earlier on Monday, media reported that Rambler planned to sue Twitch in a Russian court for 180 billion rubles ($2.82 billion), alleging 36,000 violations of the Premier League’s football rights.
The Moscow District Court said it planned to hear the case on December 20. The court also said “interim measures” had been taken prior to the hearing, but gave no further details.
Amazon had no immediate comment. Rambler confirmed plans to sue Twitch for damages and said the two sides were negotiating a possible settlement.
Mikhail Gershkovich, head of sports at Rambler Group, said: “Our lawsuit against Twitch is to defend our exclusive right to play Premier League matches and we will continue to actively combat piracy. “
“We are currently in negotiations with Twitch to sign a settlement agreement. This service provides us with the tools to combat pirated broadcasting, and we are now only communicating compensation for losses between August and November. “
The court said it could not comment on the size of the lawsuit.
“The total amount of the proceedings was brought by an external counsel in the case. The total amount is technical and maximized, but can also be adjusted. Gershkovic said.