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Networks Score Early Win As Judge Orders Shutdown Of Streaming TV Service FilmOn X

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    Networks score early win as judge orders shutdown of streaming TV service FilmOn X | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Bryan Bishop - Sept. 6, 2013

    Television networks have been going after companies like Aereo for transmitting their content across the internet, and now a federal judge has ordered a similar streaming service to shut down its operation for the time being. US District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer granted a preliminary injunction against FilmOn X, a step that had been requested by a collective of companies that includes CBS, NBC, Fox, and ABC. The broadcasters filed their initial lawsuit back in May when FilmOn X still used the name Aereokiller, a not-so-subtle reference to the Chet Kanojia-led company that has drawn the ire of entertainment companies since launching last year.


    FilmOn TV provides a similar service as Aereo: it uses a series of individual antennas to pull television signals from the air, and then rebroadcasts them out to customers over the internet on a one-to-one basis. Since it isn't duplicating any content and each customer has their own antenna, the company argues it actually doesn't need to pay any licensing fees; it's simply serving as a conduit. It's an argument that proved persuasive when the US Second Circuit Court ruled in favor of Aereo earlier this year, and FilmOn X brought up that very decision when it argued against an injunction.


    JUDGE COLLYER WASN'T SWAYED BY THE AEREO DECISION
     
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    Broadcasters' court victories over FilmOn X threaten Aereo's expansion | The Verge (click for full article)

    Experts say Aereo's move into Washington, DC would be risky now

    By Greg Sandoval on September 9, 2013 04:03 pm

    -- The owners of FilmOn X vowed that their company would someday become an "Aereo killer," and it may end up doing just that - only not in the way they intended. Last week, Rosemary Collyer, a federal district judge in Washington DC, ordered FilmOn to stop operating in the United States after concluding that the company violated the copyrights of TV broadcasters. The decision is also a serious blow to Aereo's legal position, say legal experts.
     
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    Court denies Aereo-copycat FilmOn X's request to keep running | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article)

    Summary:
    In a ruling that upholds a preliminary injunction against FilmOn X, the judge refers to Aereo as a "similar service that also appears to infringe...copyrights."

    by Joan E. Solsman
    September 13, 2013 7:22 AM PDT


    -- FilmOn X, an Aereo copycat that also uses arrays of tiny antennas to stream local over-the-air broadcast television via the Internet, stumbled again in court, and the ruling may have hit Aereo with some collateral damage.

    A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday rejected FilmOn X's motion to stay a preliminary injunction or to limit the injunction to the D.C. area. Instead, the judge affirmed a preliminary injunction from earlier this week against the Aereo-like service.

    The ruling solidifies a win for broadcasters that are suing not only FilmOn X (previously known as Aereokiller and BarryDriller.com) but also Aereo itself, which is backed by IAC Chairman Barry Diller and has so far been much more adept at keeping court rulings on its side.
     

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