What was bad, now it’s worse for the streaming service Locast. This week, a judge permanently banned streamer Locast from continuing its business operations, a decision that follows a multi-year legal standoff between major broadcasters and the bewildered streaming service Locast.
A permanent injunction signed by Judge Louis L. Stanton this week declared that Locast founder David Goodfriend and his nonprofit Sports Fans Coalition NY, which operates the Locast service, “are permanently barred and prohibited from operating” the service. free TV streaming.
The injunction follows a series of quick-succession developments that led to Locast’s apparent demise after the four big broadcasters suing the company, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, secured a legal victory in early September in a fight against the streamer. .
Major broadcasters sued the TV streamer in 2019, claiming that Locast’s business violated copyright law. Locast’s non-profit business depended on an exemption in copyright law which in this case allows the rebroadcast of its broadcasts by non-profit organizations.
Earlier this month, a court sided with the four big broadcasters ruling that the fees Locast was pulling from these donations exceeded “the real and reasonable costs of maintaining and operating the service”, in a stipulation of exemption from rights. plaintiff that the court ruled Locast challenged.
“As a non-profit organization, Locast was designed from the beginning to operate in accordance with the strict letter of the law, but in response to recent court decisions, with which we respectfully disagree, we are suspending operations, effective immediately. ” , Told the company to customers in an email.
The order specifically notes that Goodfriend and its organization are not barred from requesting a permanent suspension, but at the same time it also notes that it similarly does not prevent the broadcasters themselves from opposing the suspension.