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Aereo versus broadcasters: Early shots fired

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The US Supreme Court has started its hearing as to whether Internet TV streaming service Aereo violates the broadcasters’ exclusive rights under federal copyright law to the public performance of their works, with initial oral arguments, being offered. After the first day, David Frederick, counsel to Aereo, said that from the company’s perspective, the issue in the case was whether [...]

Aereo’s Kanojia: ‘No Plan B’

Echoing recent comments by Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, that failure in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case would likely see the end of the service, the company’s founder and CEO Chet Kanojia has admitted there is no ‘Plan B’ should the Supreme Court decide against it in the case which begins April 22. [...]

FilmOn to expand if Aereo successful

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Alki David, the founder of Internet TV streaming service FilmOn, has said he plans to expand the operation should rival service Aereo be successful in its US Supreme Court copyright case brought by the major networks. “We’re in 18 cities and our model is free,” he told The New York Post. “We’d turn on all over the States and have [...]

Aereo launches advocacy site

Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site – ProtectMyAntenna.org – that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. Chet Kanojia, Founder and CEO has written to customers explaining the site’s launch and Aereo’s beliefs in [...]

Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads

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Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and pricing strategy, the fantasy drama also

Diller: ‘Aereo court chances 50-50′

Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has described its chances of a successful outcome in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case as “50-50” and suggested that failure would likely see the end of the service. Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, Diller confirmed he would be in attendance at the hearing beginning April 22, saying he [...]

Study: True economic impact of piracy “unclear”

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Noting that consumers copy and share digital files, with this being blamed for a potentially catastrophic decline in certain markets, an academic study has sought to establish why consumers copy and whether this is as economically harmful as often thought. CREATe, the UK research centre for copyright, has put a decade of evidence to the test by reviewing studies published [...]

Over half of Spain Internet users download illegally

Eighty-four per cent of digital content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to a study published by industry lobby group La Coalición (The Coalition of Creators and Content Industries). Results of the most recent Piracy Observatory and Digital Contents Consumption Habits show that illegal downloads continued to grow in Spain during 2013. The survey carried out by independent consulting company [...]

DreamWorks’ Katzenberg: ‘Copyright regime not working’

DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg has said the US copyright ­regime is failing to stop the illegal downloading of movies. According to Katzenberg, current copyright copyright laws are “not right enough, because there is a huge amount of piracy that goes on in the world”. Katzenberg was among Hollywood studio supporters of the failed Stop Online Piracy Act in [...]

Foxtel defends Game of Thrones exclusivity

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Following the revelation that Australia leads the list of countries illegally sharing the Season Four première of Game of Thrones, and in response to criticism of its exclusive first-run rights to the show, Bruce Meagher, director of corporate affairs for Foxtel, has defended the Australian pay-TV operator’s business model. Writing an opinion piece on Australian media and marketing and entertainment [...]

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