Key Court Ruling in Broadcasters’ Battle With Barry Diller’s Aereo

May 22, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A key decision came down Monday in a closely watched legal case that many see as a showdown between traditional media and online streaming. Television broadcasters lost some ground in their battle against Barry Diller’s Aereo, a service that streams local TV content via the Web for $12 per month, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

U.S. District Court Judge Alison J. Nathan on Monday dismissed an unfair competition claim that was part of the broadcasters’ complaint against Aereo. A copyright infringement claim still will be heard, the story adds.

Aereo began streaming in March, prompting the top TV broadcasters to sue to shut down the service. With the unfair competition claim struck down, the copyright infringement claim is scheduled for a hearing next week, the story says.

A representative for Fox called the ruling "disappointing," according to The Wall Street Journal. "But we look forward to our day in court to prove that Aereo’s unauthorized streaming of our content constitutes copyright infringement," the Fox rep said.

Aereo declined to comment, the piece adds.

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