Broadcasters Win Key Ruling in Court Battle Against Online TV Service

Aug 28, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Ivi, an online service that transmitted over-the-air television signals via the Web, lost a court bid to overturn an earlier ruling that shut down the service, reports Bloomberg.

A panel of federal appeals judges ruled Monday that a lower-court judge ruled correctly in granting a preliminary order to TV broadcasters such as Fox and NBC that shut down Ivi’s service, the piece notes.

Top broadcasters sued Ivi in September 2010, arguing that capturing TV signals and retransmitting them was effectively copyright infringement. The judge who granted the preliminary injunction in early 2011 said the TV companies had demonstrated they would likely win the suit, the article adds.

A spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters said it was "gratified" with the court ruling.

“This is not the final chapter to this story,” said Ivi spokesman Hal Bringman.

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