Broadcast Networks Go After Aereokiller, File for Injunction

Nov 12, 2012  •  Post A Comment

NBCUniversal, ABC, CBS and Fox have filed a lawsuit against Aereokiller in federal court in Los Angeles, requestion an injunction against the service owned by billionaire Alki David, TheWrap.com reports.

The move comes after a judge in New York ruled against the networks in a similar bid to block Barry Diller’s Aereo in July, as reported previously.

The services stream television programming over the Internet. “The networks claim that the service [Aereokiller] disrupts their ability to negotiate retransmission contracts and earn advertising revenue from the shows that are rebroadcast online,” TheWrap reports.

The lawsuit states: "Aereokiller’s copyright infringement must be enjoined to prevent irreparable injury to Plaintiffs. Aereokiller’s unauthorized streaming of Plaintiffs’ programming rips that control from Plaintiffs, threatens their core business models, destroys their leverage in critical distribution negotiations, harms their ability to expand into new markets and interferes with Plaintiffs’ goodwill with licensed distributors and advertisers."

The report adds: “The service — which was originally launched on BarryDriller.com — later moved to FilmOn and launched the Aereokiller app on Android and other mobile platforms.”

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