Judge Grants Injunction Against TV Webcaster

FRAMINGHAM (01/31/2000) - A U.S. judge has granted a temporary restraining order against Toronto-based television webcaster iCraveTV from webcasting broadcast television feeds from its icravetv.com Web site.

The order by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Zeigler came in response to copy infringement charges filed against iCraveTV on behalf of the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, 10 motion picture studios and three television broadcasters.

The judge also ordered iCraveTV to supply copies of its Web server logs to the plaintiffs by no later than Feb. 2. ICraveTV must also post a US$25,000 bond by the same deadline and file a report explaining the steps the company has taken to ensure compliance with the order.

The order became effective Friday 6:30 p.m.

ICraveTV President and Chief Executive Officer William Craig said the company is complying with the judge's order and is "considering all strategic, technological, and legal options" available to it.

Webcasts from icravetv.com were confirmed to be unavailable.

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