The World: Hong Kong - Fifa and cable TV operator win rights row

Three Hong Kong bars have made out-of-court settlements to head off lawsuits for illegally broadcasting World Cup football matches in June last year.

The bars had argued that Fifa and Hong Kong Cable TV had failed to supply sufficient evidence that Hong Kong Cable TV held the exclusive rights for the distribution of World Cup matches. This was rejected by the Hong Kong High Court.

Simon Twiston Davies, the chief executive of the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia, said: "We certainly hope this message is clearly received and there is a full understanding that TV broadcasts of all kinds are protected by copyright."