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First off today, Colin Mann at Advanced Television reports that a Manhattan judge has said that she will likely hold Aereo competitor FilmOn X in contempt of court for continuing to operate after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo infringed the copyright of broadcasters.
FilmOn, like Aereo, is a TV streaming services that uses a series of tiny antennas, one per customer, to capture, record and stream broadcast TV over the Web. The Supreme Court overturned a 2nd Circuit decision ruling that Aereo was legal, forcing it to “pause” its service while it finds a path to legality. However, despite the ruling, FilmOn X continued streaming until around July 8, over two weeks after the decision was handed down.
FilmOn has long said that it is a cable provider under Section 111 of the Copyright Act and that it is willing to pay royalties as per the law. But the judge noted that FilmOn can not unilaterally decide that it is a cable company and, to date, both the Copyright Office and the courts have challenged that notion. The judge said she is “inclined” to grant a motion of contempt filed by broadcasters, possibly opening the service up to fines and other punitive action.
Next up today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that lawyers representing Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have filed a motion for summary judgment in their case against the estate of M