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For the first time in nearly a year, the nation’s major television broadcasters have won a round in their legal battle against start-up firms that stream programs from local stations over the Internet without their consent.
The Federal District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction on Thursday against one such start-up, FilmOn X. The broadcasters that sued FilmOn, claiming copyright infringement, cheered the news. It was not immediately clear how the ruling might affect Aereo, a better-known streaming service backed by the head of IAC/InterActiveCorp, Barry Diller.
“We are pleased, but not surprised, that the court recognized that the commercial retransmission of our broadcast signal without permission or compensation is a clear violation of the law,” the Fox network said in a statement. The network said the preliminary injunction would apply across the country, with the exception of New York, Connecticut and Vermont, where the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld Aereo’s business model in the face of lawsuits from the broadcasters.
» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)
A federal judge in California has for the second time thrown out a lawsuit that accused the University of California at Los Angeles of violating copyright law by streaming videos online.
Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles had previously dismissed the lawsuit in October 2011, but she allowed the plaintiffs, Ambrose Video Publishing Inc. and the Association for Information Media and Equipment, a trade group, to file a second amended complaint. In a ruling issued last Tuesday, she rejected the second amended complaint.
The plaintiffs contended that UCLA had acted illegally in copying DVD’s of Shakespeare plays acquired from Ambrose and streaming them online for faculty and students to use in courses. UCLA argued that streaming the videos was permissible under the fair-use principle, which can allow reproductions for teaching, and the Teach Act, which allows limited use of copyrighted materials for online education.
» via The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription may be required for some content)
The Netflix CEO gave an interview to Dow Jones today in which he said Amazon is losing between $500 million and a $1 billion a year as a result of acquiring rights to streaming video content.
In the interview, Hastings said he came up with the numbers after comparing the value of the content deals Amazon won when the two companies directly competed for rights.
» via CNET
A federal appeals court is dealing a death blow to an upstart service that streams broadcast television over the internet, ruling that ivi Inc. is not a cable system and therefore is not protected by the Copyright Act.
In a case brought by the major over-the-air U.S. broadcasters ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and others, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said those broadcasters do not have to automatically license their content to internet streaming services because ivi is not a traditional “cable” company. The U.S. Copyright Act requires that broadcasters license their content to satellite and cable companies under a regulated pricing scheme known as compulsory licensing — but not to online streaming services such as ivi, which in 2010 began streaming broadcast television shows from the Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York markets to users across the country for $5 monthly.
» via Wired
In March, a coalition of major broadcasters sued a New York City-based TV-streaming start-up called Aereo, which the broadcasters said was stealing their content so users could watch TV online. Today, a Manhattan US District Judge ruled against the coalition, which includes ABC, CBS, NBCUniversal, and Fox, saying he would not order Aereo to stop distributing service to its customers while the trial was ongoing.
» via ars technica
The owner of Surfthechannel.com has been convicted after “facilitating” copyright infringement.
Anton Vickerman will be sentenced next month after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, at Newcastle Crown Court. The maximum penalty for his crime is 10 years in jail.
His site used to host some of the UK’s most visited web pages offering links to illegally copied streaming videos.
» via BBC