District Court Holds that Internet-Based Television Provider, FilmOn X is Entitled to a Compulsory License
By Anne Woodworth – Edited by Henry Thomas
The U.S. District court for the Central District of California ruled that an online streaming service that rebroadcasted network television fit the definition of a cable company, and was entitled to compulsory licensing under § 111 of the Copyright Act. The order relied on the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision, which held that internet streaming was fundamentally the same as cable. The ruling conflicts with a Second Circuit case decided on similar facts, and is immediately appealable.