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TV companies told to have their ducks in a row for set-top box case (AU)

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:55 pm

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Two international distributors of TV channels have been told to expect scrutiny of their attempt to block online services associated with an IPTV set-top box even if they are relying on what “may be a predictable non-appearance” by the company that distributes the device.

Representatives of International Media Distribution and Lebanese TV station New TV (Al Jadeed) this morning appeared at a Federal Court case management hearing as part of legal action seeking to block the use in Australia of the Reelplay set-top box.

The two applicants allege that Reelplay allows unauthorised streaming of TV channels of which they are either the owner or the exclusive licensee.

Presiding judge Justice Burley said that he would pay “particularly close attention” to proof of service and that the applicants should ensure that “all the requirements” of Section 115a of the Copyright Act — which facilitates court-imposed website blocks to tackle piracy — are met.

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