Barry Diller Takes ‘BarryDriller’ Website to Court

Aug 22, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Veteran media executive Barry Diller filed a 12-page complaint against the website BarryDriller.com Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Deadline.com reports.

The suit against the site and Alki David alleges that David is using Diller’s name to profit inappropriately.

The complaint states: ”Defendants are using Plaintiff’s name in their ‘BarryDriller.com’ business to (1) associate their service with Plaintiff, and (2) mislead the public into believing that Defendants’ service has been judicially sanctioned.”

The report adds: “Diller also alleges that David’s BarryDriller.com is designed to divert customers from Diller’s Aereo service that streams local broadcast signals to subscribers in New York. Both companies say that they are simply feeding consumers programming that they can already receive for free.”

In separate court actions, broadcasters are suing Aereo alleging copyright infringement, the story notes.

The report adds: “This isn’t David’s only court battle. Fox was the first to sue David over BarryDriller.com, then CBS, NBC and ABC followed with a joint copyright infringement claim. Diller is seeking injunctive relief and punitive damages.”

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