The technology company Aereo – whose service allows subscribers to view over-the-air TV on Internet-connected devices — has won an important ruling, with a federal judge denying an injunction request by Hearst Station.
District Judge Nathaniel Gorton has denied an injunction request made by … the owner of ABC affiliate WCVB-TV.
The broadcaster had argued in its copyright lawsuit that Aereo’s system of capturing over-the-air TV signals and delivering them to subscribers’ digital devices constituted a violation of its public performance rights.
But according to the judge’s opinion, Hearst was not persuasive in convincing the court that it is likely to succeed on the merits of its public performance claim nor its argument that Aereo is unlawfully distributing copyrighted works.
Gorton wrote that “Hearst has made a minimal showing of irreparable harm that is an insufficient basis for entering a preliminary injunction in its favor.”
Aereo’s expansion from New York to across the country has set off multiple rounds of litigation, most recently in a lawsuit that was filed earlier this week in Utah. As the controversy lingers, a question has arisen as to what is the proper venue to hear the dispute between broadcasters and Aereo.