A case alleging NBC Universal stole the idea for Hulu from a Canadian engineer has been sent to arbitration, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Errol Hula, who created a technology company called Hulavision, sued NBC Universal and Hulu four months ago, alleging that he shared a business plan and trade secrets with an NBC executive in 2006, the story says. NBC Universal and News Corp. the next year joined forces to create what would become Hulu, now the second most-popular video Website after YouTube, the story says.
Hula and the NBC executive discussed the plans for several weeks in 2006, and then the executive stopped returning Hula’s calls. When Hulu was introduced in 2007, the venture said it picked the name because it didn’t have a meaning, was simple to spell and rhymed. "It’s not a coincidence that the name of the website is so close to my client’s name," said Hula’s attorney, Robert M. Vantress, after the hearing on Thursday. NBC Universal said the allegations are meritless, the article adds.