Another Suit Looms for iCraveTV

FRAMINGHAM (01/28/2000) - Canadian TV broadcasters are joining U.S. counterparts in a legal fight to block a Toronto company from transmitting television programs via its Web site.

Canadian television broadcasters will be filing suit against TV webcaster iCraveTV, charging the company and its founder with copyright infringement, according to the North American Broadcasters Association. The charges will closely follow two complaints filed two weeks ago: one filed jointly by the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, and another filed on behalf of 10 U.S. film companies and three U.S. television broadcasters by the MPA.

The U.S. suits seek a temporary injunction against iCraveTV.com, the Web site from which the Toronto-based company webcasts television feeds from U.S. and Canadian stations. The suits also charge copyright infringement by the webcaster and seek damages.

According to Bill Roberts, general secretary of the North American broadcasters group, the Canadian suits will be similar to the U.S. suits.

ICraveTV hasn't released a response to the suits brought against it, and its founder, William Craig, didn't respond to requests for comment.

MPA president and CEO Jack Valenti said the suits filed by his organization, the NFL and the NBA were coordinated efforts, but the Canadian suit or suits will be independent of U.S. efforts.

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