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Television streaming service Aereo Inc filed for bankruptcy protection after a US supreme court ruled in June that the company’s business model violated copyright laws.
Aereo, in which Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp has a 23.30% stake, said in a Chapter 11 filing late on Thursday said it would sell its assets or reorganize.
The court said Aereo had infringed copyrights of broadcasters by capturing live and recorded programs through antennas and transmitting them to subscribers for $8-$12 a month.
The ruling was a victory for broadcasters such as CBS , NBC, ABC and Fox.
In a statement, the company said: “Given the uncertain regulatory and legal climate after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June reversal of a lower appellate court ruling in the company’s favor, Aereo’s CEO and Board of Directors have determined that Chapter 11 reorganization is the next logical step to ensure that the company’s core value is preserved while the company restructures. Chapter 11 will permit Aereo to maximize the value of its business and assets without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn out litigation in several courts.”
The Premier League has won a High Court ruling requiring the six main UK-based Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to one of the biggest illegal live football-streaming sites in the UK.
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The High Court ruled that First Row Sports was acting jointly with third party streaming services to distribute live coverage of Premier League matches in breach of the Premier League’s copyright.
Section 97A of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 has been used previously by the music and film industries to secure protection from illegal streaming sites, such as Pirate Bay, but this is the first time that a sporting body has sought an order blocking a site that infringes its copyright.
It is also the first time that an order has been granted against a website that facilitates access to other illegal streaming sites.
A Premier League spokesman said: “We are extremely pleased that the order blocking this website has been granted and we will be enforcing it, in conjunction with the ISPs, ahead of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season.
Mr Justice Arnold also made clear that any publicans using First Row Sports to screen Premier League matches in their premises are communicating copyright works to the public, which would put them in breach of Section 20 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.
The Premier League said it would be significantly increasing its enforcement activity, ahead of new UK rights contracts for BSkyB and BT Sport.