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First off today, Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica reports that all four of the major US broadcast networks have filed a lawsuit against the non-profit TV streaming service Locast, alleging that the service isn’t really a non-profit and that its retransmission of their signals is a copyright infringement.
Locast is a free digital service that allows users to stream over-the-air broadcast TV on their computers or devices. It is currently available in 13 markets across the United States. The service claims that, since it is a non-profit, it is allowed to do so under a law that allows non-profit organizations to create amplifiers of broadcast signals so that they can reach users that the signals otherwise wouldn’t.
However, the networks argue that Locast is not the kind of amplifier or booster that Congress envisioned when they passed the law in 1976. Furthermore, they challenge the idea that Locast is a non-profit, noting that it has close ties to the cable TV industry and was heavily bankrolled by AT&T. Locast didn’t have a direct comment on the lawsuit but, in a previous blog post, said that it would welcome a lawsuit.
Next up today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that Russia is working to pass a law that would require search engines to give stars or other tags to indicate which sites are fully