Protect the Rights of Independent TV Innovators

TV Innovators

Target: U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Goal: Urge court officials to reject baseless copyright claims filed by big budget TV network companies

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has sent a letter to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals urging them to reject a baseless copyright claim that was filed against the makers of a popular TV streaming service called Aereokiller by several major TV broadcast networks. The copyright claim alleges that, by retransmitting TV signals from a user’s television to their computer or mobile device, Aereokiller is violating copyright rules.

According to EFF Staff Attorny Mitch Stoltz, the copyright claim filed by these big companies is just another attempt by these companies to constrict and monopolize the way consumers view television programs: “Many of the services that Hollywood is trying to shut down are simply conceptually moving the antenna that used to be on your roof to their roof. TV viewers have a right to choose when and how they watch free TV – and courts have recognized that. Networks can’t block consumer choices just because they didn’t think of it first and want a cut of the profits from someone else’s idea.”

Stoltz goes on to reiterate the point made in the letter which was sent to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday: “This isn’t just about the products and services that are being developed today. It’s about what innovators could come up with tomorrow, if they aren’t discouraged by TV networks trying to claim copyright infringement when it just doesn’t apply. We’re asking the court here to prevent Hollywood from twisting the law at the expense of viewers’ customary rights.”

Help support the fight to protect the rights of independent TV innovators by signing this petition letter.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals officials,

It is understandably a difficult premise, having to deal with copyright issues within a space as murky as TV innovation rights, but I urge you to give strong consideration to the letter that was sent to you by the Electronic Frontier Foundation late last week. We can’t let big business networks get away with trying to shut down independent innovators just because they’re not getting a slice of the pie.

Innovation and independence are two of this country’s strongest founding principles. How could we just sit back and let big businesses quash them in the name of greed and monopolization? By signing this petition letter, I am offering my personal support to the EFF and their efforts to protect the rights of independent TV innovators. I hope you’ll do the same by rejecting these bogus claims filed by big budget network companies.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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