ivi TV Reasserts its Legal Position; Files Motions to Deny Big Media Monopoly of Internet Television

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Documents Filed in United States District Court Southern District of New York, Case 1:10-cv-07415-NRB

ivi TV, the online cable TV system, announced today that it has filed documents (United States District Court Southern District of New York, Case 1:10-cv-07415-NRBa) reaffirming its legal position as an entity paying broadcasters under the Copyright Act, just like other cable operators.

Commenting on the filing, ivi TV CEO and founder Todd Weaver said:

"If Big Media does not like the law as it exists today, they should go to the Congress, where we have no doubt their millions of dollars of contributions and high paid lobbyists will work to attempt to change the law so that they can continue to soak the consumer and limit the technological innovation, which is critical to our economy. It is ironic that within hours of returning from a successful CTAM Summit where ivi TV signed some soon-to-be-announced content deals, and executed many NDAs to discuss potential deals, we now find ourselves filing this legal brief in response to Big Media copyright conglomerates misguided legal tantrums trying to stifle the pace of innovation. ivi TV has the law and history on its side. History shows that Congress is more likely to change the law to embrace new delivery methodologies, not to stifle them. So, while we cannot predict the outcome of the legal process or the future of the Congressional lawmaking process, we do believe history will repeat itself. Just as they did for cable and satellite before us, Congress will enact a third compulsory licensing scheme to cover Internet television delivery. In the meantime, as one MSO executive we met with at CTAM put it, 'You guys are very quickly establishing yourselves as a new distribution platform that isn't going away.' "

Fast Facts about ivi TV's Legal Position

  • Section 111 of the 1976 Copyright Act permits cable systems to retransmit television broadcasts
  • ivi TV is a cable system under Section 111 of the 1976 Copyright Act
  • ivi TV is entitled to a statutory license under Section 111 of the 1976 Copyright Act
  • ivi TV pays the Copyright Office under its statutory scheme and it, in turn, pays the content owners
  • The FCC does not regulate the Internet, hence;
  • ivi's retransmission of television broadcast over the Internet is permissible

ivi TV's downloadable app makes it easy to watch live television programming online for only $4.99 a month after a 30 day free trial. The company pays broadcasters in the same fashion as prescribed by law for cable companies.

ivi TV offers more content than Hulu and a 30 day free trial to watch major broadcast channels including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, The CW, PBS, and others from a growing number of local affiliates, all available via a downloadable app at ivi.tv.

About ivi TV™

ivi TV endeavors to make the world a better place by providing a high-quality viewing experience while offering consumers what they want in the way they want it, with more choices, less hardware, and higher standards than other modes of online content delivery. At the same time, ivi TV increases viewers for channels and advertisers, continuing and adding to the live television tradition in an innovative and sustainable manner. Consumers, broadcasters and advertisers alike will agree that live television, most notably sports and news programming, is here to stay. The solution is ivi TV. And the time is now. ivi, Inc., is based in Seattle. For more information, please visit http://www.ivi.tv

Hal Bringman
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