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October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

IAC chief Barry Diller drew laughs at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Library of American Broadcasting in New York on Wednesday. Glancing around the audience, Diller said that he was amused by the fact that “I get this honor when many people in this room are suiting me.” Diller was referring to the fact that many broadcasters have mounted a legal attack on Aereo, the company he is backing that delivers live broadcast signals to people via the Internet via tiny antennas that are individually assigned to them. Broadcasters claim that the system “steals” their signals and illegally retransmits them. Diller suggested that he has no plans to launch a counter offensive in the courts. “I’m not going to litigate,” he said. He added that he never challenged broadcasters’ efforts to have a second revenue stream via cable. However, he added, there are “people that can’t afford cable or satellite. There is a clear provision that broadcasters offer their signal directly. That’s really what we are trying to do.” In a related matter, Alki David, the founder of FilmOn, a service similar to Aereo, has decided to defy an order by a Washington DC federal judge to halt selling its service in Boston (or anywhere else in the country except in three states where another federal court has held that the Aereo service is legal). The judge has told David and FilmOn to explain why they should not be held in contempt. “A contrary decision by a co-equal court in another district involving different parties does not represent a change in controlling law,” the judge said.