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CBS' Amended Counterclaims v. Dish Network

CBS' Amended Counterclaims v. Dish Network

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CBS' Amended Counterclaims v. Dish Network
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Published by: steven_musil on Jan 24, 2013
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As and for their Counterclaims against DISH Network ,L.L.C. (DISH)and EchoStar  Technologies LLC (“EchoStar”) (collectively, the “DISH Parties” or “Counterclaim-Defendants”),CBS Corporation (“CBS”), CBS Broadcasting Inc. (“CBS Broadcasting”), CBSStudios Inc. (“CBS Studios”), and Survivor Productions, LLC (“Survivor Productions”)(collectively, the “CBS Parties” or “Counterclaimants”), allege as follows:
This is an action for injunctive relief, damages, and other appropriate relief against the DISH Parties for violating the copyrights of CBS Broadcasting, CBS Studios, andSurvivor Productions (collectively, the “CBS Copyright Holders”) in primetime network television programming; against DISH for breaching the retransmission consent agreement between it and CBS, dated January 5, 2012 (the “Retransmission Agreement”); and againstDISH for fraudulently concealing material information in its negotiation of the RetransmissionAgreement with CBS, thereby fraudulently inducing CBS to enter into that agreement.2.
The DISH Parties, like all cable and satellite providers, are required to operatewithin and abide by the copyright laws that protect and encourage the development, production,and distribution of high quality broadcast programming that millions of viewers enjoy each day,
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including such popular and critically-acclaimed CBS television shows as
60 Minutes
 Blue Bloods
The Good Wife
In addition, the DISH Parties may not retransmit network programming without alicense from the broadcaster. The Retransmission Agreement between DISH and CBS providesDISH with limited rights to retransmit to its subscribers the digital broadcast television signal of the stations owned by CBS Broadcasting or its affiliated companies (the “CBS BroadcastSignal”), but otherwise prohibits DISH from recording, copying, duplicating, or retransmittingany portion of the CBS Broadcast Signal (including any of the programming contained within it)without CBS’s prior written consent.4.
The Retransmission Agreement was negotiated and agreed to pursuant to the parties’ mutual understanding that a material benefit CBS would receive for granting DISH thelimited retransmission rights provided under the agreement was the advertising revenue fromcommercials included within the CBS Broadcast Signal. By providing DISH with limitedretransmission rights, CBS ensures that DISH subscribers are able to view the CBS BroadcastSignal, and the existence of those DISH viewers contributes to CBS’s ability to generateadvertising revenue from commercials. If DISH had requested from CBS the right to offer itssubscribers the programming carried through the CBS Broadcast Signal with all commercialsautomatically removed from what DISH subscribers would see, that would have fundamentallyaltered the basic economics and nature of the Retransmission Agreement. Indeed, at the time theRetransmission Agreement was negotiated, DISH knew that CBS would not have been willing toenter into the Retransmission Agreement if CBS had been aware that DISH would attempt to useits limited access to the CBS Broadcast Signal as a vehicle for offering CBS’s primetime programming to DISH subscribers on an on-demand, commercial-free basis.
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After DISH and CBS executed the Retransmission Agreement, the DISH Partieslaunched their PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop services, which are offered with their Hopper Whole-Home DVR system (the “Hopper”). Through these interrelated services, the DISH Partiescopy the entire primetime lineup of programs on all four major television networks for subsequent playback on-demand and on an entirely commercial-free basis.6.
By offering its subscribers a service that provides for the recording and playback of all four networks’ primetime programming on an on-demand,
basis, DISHthreatens to undermine the economic foundation on which free, over-the-air broadcast televisionhas been built. Commercial advertising is the lifeblood of broadcast television. The CBS Partieshave invested billions of dollars to develop, produce, and distribute their copyrighted primetimeshows. These shows are available to the public over-the-air for free. Commercial advertisinggenerates the revenue necessary to support the enormously expensive investment required tocreate this television programming. The ability of the CBS Parties to sell commercial air time to potential advertisers is critical to their ability to continue to produce high quality programming inthe future that viewers can watch over-the-air for free.7.
Unlike legitimate providers of on-demand and commercial-free services, theDISH Parties have neither obtained permission to offer the CBS Parties’ copyrighted contentwithout commercials, nor compensated them for such an offering. The DISH Parties’ PrimeTimeAnytime and AutoHop services are intended to secure an unfair competitive advantage over services that provide legitimate on-demand and commercial-free versions of CBS programming.They also threaten the CBS Parties’ ability to exploit their copyrighted works in these and other legitimate markets. This conduct plainly violates both copyright law and the RetransmissionAgreement. It also causes irreparable harm to the CBS Parties by undermining the central source
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