Watch Kenneth Trujillo-Jamison’s two-minute video on a recent, significant copyright case about the unauthorized streaming of broadcast network signals over the Internet.
In American Broadcasting Companies Inc. v. Goodfriend, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York considered whether Locast, a non-profit Internet-based streaming service that retransmitted over-the-air television broadcast network signals without permission, qualified for exemption from copyright liability under a relatively obscure provision of the Copyright Act.
The Southern District held that Locast did not qualify for the exemption and issued a permanent injunction shutting down the service. In the ever-changing television landscape, and as viewers continue to transition from cable to video-on-demand services, it remains to be seen how those developments impacts viewers’ access to broadcast networks over the Internet.
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