Streaming Co. Says It’s Entitled To Compulsory Cable License

Law360, Washington (June 19, 2015, 7:50 PM EDT) -- Online television streaming service FilmOn X asked a California federal judge on Thursday to determine it to be a cable service qualified for a compulsory copyright license, over the objections of legacy television networks.

Billionaire Alki David's FilmOn X, formerly Aereokiller, argued that a properly technology-agnostic interpretation of the Copyright Act affords it summary adjudication determining it qualifies for a Section 111 compulsory license allowing it to redistribute others’ content. Such a finding would clear FilmOn of claims for copyright infringement from plaintiffs Fox, ABC, NBC...
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