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Injunction granted against net broadcaster

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Seattle Internet-TV rebroadcaster ivi.tv has had most of its channels pulled by a US District Court judge.

Judge Naomi Buchwald granted an injunction against the company, blocking it from providing its TV feeds to its customers. The company charges $4.99 per month and provided customers with a custom player to watch the programs it was streaming over the Internet.

The company had previously claimed its activities were legal under the US Copyright Act, but Judge Buchwald did not agree. She said ivi's argument would give anyone with a TV, antenna and computer the right to call themselves a "cable system".

On its website, ivi says it will appeal the decision. Interest groups the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Media Access Project and the Open Technology Initiative have backed the Internet broadcaster with amicus briefs. ®

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