Case Detail

Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X, LLC
On September 7, 2016, WLF asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to uphold a lower court decision that refuses to legitimize a business model based on the unauthorized, for-profit exploitation (via the Internet) of copyrighted works. WLF argues that the district court faithfully applied federal copyright law by declining defendants’ invitation to drastically expand the definition of “cable system” under § 111 of the Copyright Act. The case arises from a copyright infringement action brought by leading creators, producers, and distributors of original broadcast television programming against FilmOn X, an Internet service designed to evade federal copyright law. WLF’s brief urges the DC Circuit not to disrupt the delicate balance that Congress struck in crafting § 111. In narrowly defining “cable system,” Congress sought to make television broadcast programming available to isolated, rural areas while incentivizing, through copyright protection, the creation of new content.
Case Status:
Oral argument held March 17, 2017. Awaiting decision.
More Information and Downloads:
9/7/2016: Download the Brief
Press Release: WLF Calls on DC Circuit to Protect Broadcasters Against Copyright Infringement
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