Ivi TV, an online television streaming service, defended its service as legal and asked a New York court to transfer a case against it to Seattle, reports B&C.
Ivi, pronounced "ivy," was responding to a petition by broadcast groups and studios, station owners and Major League Baseball that asks the U.S. District Court in New York to shut down Ivi’s streaming service, the story says.
The groups allege the service is illegal copyright infringement, the article adds. "The Copyright Act expressly and unmistakably allows companies like Ivi to make secondary transmissions of over-the-air broadcasts without the express consent of the Media Companies," Ivi said in response.
According to the article, "’This is a company that’s simply stealing our broadcast signals and copyrighted programming and streaming them on the Internet without permission,’ the broadcasters had argued in asking for the injunctions or order."
Ivi wants the case transferred to Seattle because the company is based there and where the court is considering a request from the streaming company to make a declaratory ruling that the service doesn’t infringe copyright, B&C says.