Alki David’s streaming video service Aereokiller has gained support from digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation. According to MediaPost’s Online Media Daily, the group filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the injunction held against Aereokiller to broadcast television programming should be lifted.
The EFF states that television networks shouldn’t be able to “regulate personal, everyday uses of free television broadcasts.” The group also states that it’s nonsensical for Aereo to be legal in New York, when Aereokiller, which is basically the same type of service, is illegal in California. Both Aereo and Aereokiller offer subscribers streaming over-the-air broadcast channels to their digital devices in exchange for a fee. However, television networks have sued the companies for copyright infringement.
Aereo was granted the ability to continue service in New York last year, thanks to a federal judge rejecting the networks’ request to stop Aereo from launching it’s new video-on-demand feature. However, Aereokiller is facing a tougher time in court. Last year, U.S. District Court Judge George Wu in the Central District of California issued an injunction barring Aereokiller from proceeding with their business.
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