FilmOn Wins Big Ruling On Compulsory Copyright License

By Bill Donahue (July 16, 2015, 6:55 PM EDT) -- Aereo clone FilmOn X won a surprising victory over the major broadcast networks Thursday when a California federal judge ruled that the online streaming service could qualify for a compulsory license for television content.

Rejecting arguments from Fox and the other networks, U.S. District Judge George H. Wu said FilmOn is eligible for the same statutory copyright license, enshrined in the Copyright Act's Section 111, that gives cable companies like Comcast automatic access to broadcast content for a set price.

The judge also certified the ruling for immediate appeal by the Ninth Circuit, however, acknowledging that it dealt with "close" legal...

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