Broadcasters Win Temporary Restraining Order Against FilmOn

5:40 AM PST 11/23/2010 by Georg Szalai

ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC filed a joint suit against the site for streaming their signals without consent.

 

NEW YORK -- In a legal win for the big broadcast networks, a federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against FilmOn.com, which has been streaming the signals of TV stations over the Internet without permission of stations, networks or producers, the LA Times reported

The networks argued that FilmOn.com was violating copyright laws by taking the signals and streaming them without permission or compensation.

All four major networks -- ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC -- took FilmOn to court to stop the streams. At a hearing held Monday, judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an order in their favor.

The broadcast networks have also filed a similar lawsuit against Ivi in the Southern District of New York, which has also streamed station signals. That case could be heard in the coming weeks.

The upstart Web companies have argued that the Copyright Act allows firms to make secondary transmissions of over-the-air broadcasts without consent.

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