EchoStar In $100M Copyright Settlement With Networks

Law360, New York (August 28, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- EchoStar Communications Corp. agreed Monday to pay $100 million to hundreds of U.S. network affiliates to end a drawn-out copyright infringement battle and avoid the “dramatic” consequences of a service shutdown approved last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida must still approve the proposed settlement of the nine-year-old litigation. If the agreement goes through, it will bring to 800 the number of individual stations that have ironed out differences with the Englewood, Colo.-based satellite television provider....
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