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Appeals Court Rules TV Streamers Don’t Get Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a seismic victory in favor of streaming company FilmOn, handing significant relief to broadcasters like CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC who were aghast by a federal judge’s decision in July 2015 that streamers could be deemed to be a ‘cable system’ eligible for a compulsory license under the Copyright Act. The battle took place after the U.S. Supreme Court determined in June 2014 that another streamer, Aereo, had publicly performed the copyrighted work of broadcasters.”

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