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WNET Aereo Complaint

WNET Aereo Complaint

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Published by James Grimmelmann
Complaint in WNET v. Aereo
Complaint in WNET v. Aereo

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Published by: James Grimmelmann on Mar 02, 2012
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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHESOUTHERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORKWNET,THIRTEEN,FOXTELEVISION)STATIONS,INC.,TWENTIETHCENTURY)FOXFILMCORPORATION,WPIX,INC.,)UNIVISIONTELEVISIONGROUP,INC.,THE)UNIVISIONNETWORKLIMITED)PARTNERSHIP,andPUBLIC)BROADCASTINGSERVICE,)
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Plaintiffs,)
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v.)
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AEREO,INC.flk/aBAMBOOMLABS,INC.,)
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Defendant.)
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CivilActionNo.
COMPLAINTFORINJUNCTIVERELIEFANDDAMAGES
PlaintiffsWNET,THIRTEEN,FoxTelevisionStations,Inc.,TwentiethCenturyFoxFilmCorporation,WPIX,Inc.,UnivisionTelevisionGroup,Inc.,TheUnivisionTelevisionNetworkLimitedPartnership,andPublicBroadcastingService(collectively,"Plaintiffs"),byandfortheirComplaintagainstDefendantAereo,Inc.flk/aBamboomLabs,Inc.("Aereo"),averasfollows:
NATUREOFTHECASE
1.OnMarch14,2012,inNewYorkCity,AereowillpubliclylaunchanunlicensedservicethatstreamstelevisionprogrammingovertheInternettopayingsubscribers'computers,mobilephonesandtablets.Aereo'snewservicewilltakebroadcasttelevisionsignalsfortheNewYork-areatelevisionstations-asAereotouts"Allthebroadcasts-NBC,ABC,CBS,PBS,FOX,CW"-andretransmitthemovertheInternettoAereosubscribers.Aereohasnotlicensedthistelevisionprogrammingfromthosewhoownit.Norhasitsoughtorreceivedconsentfrom1
 
thetelevisionsignalowners.Thus,for$12amonth,AereowillprovideunlimitedstreamsofPlaintiffs'televisionbroadcastsovertheInternetindirectcompetitionwithPlaintiffs.AccordingtoAereo:"WithAereoyoucannowwatchlive,broadcasttelevisiononline...,Nocablerequired..,.WatchtheBigGamefromAnywhere..,.Followitlivefromyourmobileortablet."2.Toaccomplishthis,AereoclaimstohavedeployedmultipleantennasatitsfacilitiesinNewYorktoreceiveover-the-airbroadcastsofPlaintiffs'televisionprogramming.AereoconvertsthosebroadcaststoadigitalformatthatcanbetransmittedovertheInternet,andthen"streams"thebroadcastsfromAereo'scomputerservers,overtheInternet,toAereo'spayingsubscribers.Aereo'ssubscriberscanreceivethoseunlicensedInternettransmissionsandthuswatchbroadcastsofPlaintiffs'televisionprogrammingonanyInternet-enableddevice.Aereo'sannouncedplanistolaunchfirstinNewYorkCity,expandnationwide,andeventuallyworldwide.3.Copyrightlaw,however,doesnotpermitAereotoappropriatetoitselfthevalueofPlaintiffs'televisionprogrammingbyretransmittingitovertheInternetwithoutproperlicenses.
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simplydoesnotmatterwhetherAereousesonebigantennatoreceivePlaintiffs'broadcastsandretransmitthemtosubscribers,or"tons"of"tiny"antennas,asAereoclaimsitdoes.NoamountoftechnologicalgimmickrybyAereo-orclaimsthatitissimplyprovidingasetofsophisticated"rabbitears"-changesthefundamentalprincipleofcopyrightlawthatthosewhowishtoretransmitPlaintiffs'broadcastsmaydosoonlywithPlaintiffs'authority.Simplyput,AereoisanunauthorizedInternetdeliveryservicethatisreceiving,convertingandretransmittingbroadcastsignalstoitssubscribersforafee.
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4.Aereo'sconductconstitutesinfringementofPlaintiffs'exclusiverightsofpublicperformanceandreproductiongrantedundertheUnitedStatesCopyrightAct.Aereo'sconductfurtherconstitutesunfaircompetitionunderthecommonlawoftheStateofNewYork.5.TherightstotransmitPlaintiffs'programmingovertheInternetandtoportabledevicesareextremelyvaluable.PlaintiffsaskthattheCourtenjoinAereo'sunauthorizedInternettelevisionserviceandawarddamagesarisingoutofAereo'sunlawfulconduct.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
6.ThisisacivilactionseekinginjunctivereliefanddamagesforcopyrightinfringementundertheCopyrightAct,17U.S.C.§101
etseq.,
andunfaircompetitionunderNewYorkcommonlaw.7.ThisCourthasoriginalsubjectmatterjurisdictionovertheCopyrightActclaimspursuantto28U.S.C.§§1331and1338(a),andhaspendentjurisdictionoverthestatelawunfaircompetitionclaimunder28U.S.C.§1367.8.ThisCourthaspersonaljurisdictionoverAereobecauseAereodoescontinuousandsystematicbusinessinNewYorkandthisDistrict,N.Y.C.P.L.R.§301.PersonaljurisdictionoverAereoisalsoproperunderN.Y.C.P.L.R.§302(a)(l)-(3).9.VenueisproperinthisDistrictpursuantto28U.S.C.§§1391and1400(a)because,amongotherthings,asubstantialpartoftheactsofinfringementandunfaircompetitioncomplainedofhereinoccursinthisDistrict.3

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