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ALL NETWORKS JOIN SUIT TO SHUT DOWN NEW TV WEBSITE

September 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

All four broadcast networks, PBS, and Major League Baseball have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a video website, Ivi.tv, claiming that it is violating their copyrights by putting their shows online. “This is a company that’s simply stealing our broadcast signals and copyrighted programming and streaming them on the Internet without permission,” the complaint said. The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement supporting the lawsuit, saying that Ivi.tv was engaging in signal piracy. The website, which charges $4.99 monthly for its service, was launched on Sept. 13, the first day of the new TV season, thereby affecting the network’s revenue “at a critical time of the year,” according to the filing. In a statement, Ivi TV CEO Todd Weaver asserted: “This is a predictable move by big media to try and stifle innovation and technology. … We pay broadcasters in accordance with the law, just like cable. … It is unfortunate that big media chooses to fight innovation that is legal, pays them, and increases their revenue.”