BSkyB, ITV and Channel 4 have joined U.S. broadcasters including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in successfully stopping London-based internet video service FilmOn from showing their channels without permission. FilmOn is owned by colourful Greek Coca-Cola magnate Alki David, who’s also a movie actor (The Bank Job), director, and reality TV producer. FilmOn charges customers $10 a month to watch global TV channels on their laptops and iPhones. Last month, U.S. broadcasters successfully argued that FilmOn was illegally re-transmitting their channels, breaching copyright. Then a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against FilmOn. Now one source close to BSkyB tells me that FilmOn removed its content after its lawyers contacted them. ITV tells me: “FilmOn is not an authorised service and we reserve the right to pursue any site or service we believe to be infringing our copyright or using our content in an unlicensed, illegal capacity.”
By TIM ADLER in London | Thursday, 9 December 2010 09:45 UK
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