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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > FilmOn Founder Will Sue Broadcasters for Distributing Illegal Software

FilmOn Founder Will Sue Broadcasters for Distributing Illegal Software

FilmOn Founder Will Sue Broadcasters for Distributing Illegal Software

Added: Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Alki David, FilmOn owner, is about to charge a subsidiary of CBS with the distribution of piracy software enabling users to circumvent DRM, thus violating the Copyright Act. Besides, it is accused of distribution of other software allowing users to illegally stream and download copyrighted content. This lawsuit will be launched in response to claims by TV broadcasters that FilmOn retransmits copyrighted programming.

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The world’s attention is brought to one of the more bizarre twists of copyright lawsuits: FilmOn owner, accused by TV broadcaster of illegally transmitting its TV broadcasts, announced that he is going to countersue on the grounds of CNET being engaged in the unauthorized distribution of DRM removal applications, along with file-sharing software allowing to infringe copyright.

At first glance the accusations seem laughable, but FilmOn founder makes a rather convincing argument, saying that CNET has been distributing BitTorrent applications on the Internet for many years now, which is right piracy.

FilmOn.com service enables its subscribers paying $10 a month to access live HD TV feeds through the Internet. Largest TV broadcasters claimed that it is retransmitting copyrighted programming without their approval. In November they even succeeded in convincing a judge to issue a temporary injunction.

In response, FilmOn argues that although the Copyright Act requires broadcasters to license retransmission broadcasts, it doesn’t apply to streaming Internet services. Meanwhile, CBS states that the service’s owner is clearly not feeling good about his prospects in the court system. TV broadcasters believe that the court is the best venue to determine the outcome of this case.

While it is not clear enough when Alki David is going to countersue, but he has already made an interesting counterclaim about CBS engaging in unauthorized behavior of its own. Although the Copyright Act clearly forbids the distribution of DRM circumvention tolls, CNET still makes them available on its website.

Although this counterclaim may not help FilmOn lift an injunction, at least it will show the world broadcasters’ double standard when it comes to copyright violation.




By:
SaM
January 3rd ,2011

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Monday, January 3rd, 2011



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posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSunTurtle (2011-01-04 15:00:23)
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