Streaming service Locast permanently barred from operation

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Locast previously suspended its service

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Things looked bad for the grasshopper at first, and they got worse. A judge this week permanently banned streamer Locust from continuing operations of its business, a decision that follows a year-long legal standoff between the major broadcasters and the scrappy streaming provider.

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This week Judge Louis L. A permanent injunction order signed by Stanton stated that Locast founder David Goodfriend and his non-profit Sports Fans Coalition NY, which operates the Locast service, “are permanently prohibited and associated with the operation of the free TV streaming service.” Has happened”.

The injunction follows a series of developments in rapid succession that led to the apparent death of Lowcast, after the company was sued by the big four broadcasters — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — with the streamer in early September. Won a legal victory in their fight against .Locast, after which Locast suspended its service.

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Major broadcasters sued the live TV streamer in 2019, alleging that Locust’s business violated copyright law. Locast’s nonprofit business hinges on an exemption in copyright law that allows nonprofits to re-broadcast their broadcasts. Locast technically didn’t charge its users anything to access its service, although it did prompt them for monthly donations.

Earlier this month, a court, along with the big four, determined that the fees Lowcast was pulling from these charities exceeded the “real and reasonable cost of maintaining and operating the Service,” a copyright waiver. A condition that the court determined that Locust disobeyed . Almost immediately, the service notified customers that it would be suspending its services.

“As a non-profit, Locast was designed from the outset to operate in accordance with the strict letter of the law, but in response to recent court rulings with which we respectfully disagree, we hereby immediately are suspending effective operations, the company told customers at the time in an email.

The order specifically notes that it does not bar Goodfriend and its organization from applying for a permanent injunction, but also notes that it likewise does not prevent broadcasters from opposing the injunction themselves. Company representatives did not immediately return a request for comment.

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