Major Networks Sue FilmOn for Copyright Infringement

Oct 19, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
Major Networks Sue FilmOn for Copyright Infringement

On the heels of a copyright battle with online streaming outfit, ivi, Inc., four major broadcast networks have filed a similar lawsuit against FilmOn.com, which offers subscribers access to live high-definition feeds of television online, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

According to the news source, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox recently filed the copyright infringement lawsuit, an indication that the major networks are becoming more aggressive in policing the internet for such unauthorized transmissions of television.

But FilmOn.com is not exactly a typical website that is accused of piracy, as it was founded and is currently run by billionaire Alki David. David has performed a number of odd jobs throughout his life despite his wealth, from inspecting Coca-Cola bottle caps at a Nigeria plant to starring in some feature films, according to the news source.

David launched FilmOn overseas a few years ago with approximately $68 million in funding and the company recently announced its launch in the U.S.

"We are coming at this from a very pragmatic angle," David told the news provider. "We sincerely believe we have a rock-solid case."