In this case, the Copyright Office opined that a distributor of broadcast programming over the Internet does not qualify for a compulsory license as a cable system under §111 of the Copyright Act. The court agreed with the Copyright Office that a service providing Internet retransmissions does not qualify as a cable system. The compulsory license for cable systems was intended for localized retransmission services and could not be used by a service dedicated to retransmitting broadcast signals nationwide.
Case is from the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.
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