Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Streaming Pirates

The studios are going after websites they claim are illegally streaming film and TV content. One of those sites, ivi TV, is actually suing content providers first, claiming that copyright law governs its actions. Brett Lang describes, "Because it is online only, ivi maintains it is not governed by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and consequently does not have to pay retransmission fees in the way that a Comcast or Cablevision would. It does pay the networks royalties on the content that it airs." The NAB thinks ivi sounds illegal, and David Poland thinks the people behind ivi are scumbags. Here's a profile of ivi. And here's a profile of Hollywood's new intellectual-property czar.

Also, piracy activists are coordinating industry website attacks.

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