Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X, LLC
- Case Date: 9/7/2016
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On May 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit granted the Appellants’ request to voluntarily dismiss the appeal. WLF had earlier filed a brief in the case urging the appeals court to uphold a lower court decision that 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 arose 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 urged the DC Circuit not to disrupt the delicate balance that Congress struck in crafting § 111. As WLF explained, 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.
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