Judge Tentatively OKs Blocking Network TV Streaming Site

Law360, Los Angeles (December 20, 2012, 7:27 PM EST) -- A California federal judge Thursday tentatively granted requests by the four major U.S. television networks to block billionaire Alki David's Aereokiller service from streaming over-the-air shows online, finding the transmissions are public performances that infringe on the networks' exclusive broadcasting rights.

U.S. District Judge George H. Wu was skeptical of Aereokiller's argument that its remote antenna/DVR technology merely makes private viewing of network shows over the Internet more convenient and therefore does not violate a Copyright Act provision that bars unauthorized transmissions of content “to the...
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