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Locast launches GoFundMe page to protect streaming of local broadcast TV

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:12 am

Story : https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2020-01-07/locast-launches-gofundme-pag





Viewers and concerned citizens are already donating to the Locast GoFundMe
page, many expressing in the comments section the difficulties they’ve
encountered over the decades with viewing their local TV channels
over-the-air. They also claim there is an urgent need for the important public
service Locast is providing by making local TV channels available to more than
40 million households over the internet.

“The good news is that we’re winning, and the courts permitted Locast to
continue streaming your local broadcast channels for free while the lawsuit is
pending,” said Locast founder David Goodfriend. “We’ve since launched three
new markets – Atlanta, Phoenix, and Seattle – with more markets on the
way. Every day, we add new users who choose to donate as little as $5 a month,
helping to offset operating costs. But we also need our ‘Locast Nation’
viewers and citizens concerned about losing access to free local TV to donate
to our GoFundMe page to help us keep up the court fight.”

Locast operates under the law written into the Copyright Act of 1976 (17
U.S.C. 111(a)(5)) that allows nonprofit translator services to rebroadcast
local stations without receiving a copyright license from the broadcaster and
even collect a fee to cover the cost of operations.

In July 2019, a year and a half after Locast started offering its public
service, the parent companies of ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX sued Locast in an
effort to shut it down. These big media companies claimed in their filings
that Locast is not a real nonprofit deserving to operate under the copyright
provision. Locast countersued the giant media companies, defending Locast’s
proper interpretation of the Copyright Act and accusing them of illegal
collusion in an effort to undermine a small nonprofit.







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Re: Locast launches GoFundMe page to protect streaming of lo

Postby bmh67wa » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:08 pm

A $5 a month "donation" to get rid of their annoying ad and I can watch football games in 1080P. I hope they win the lawsuit and are allowed to continue. Reception in my area sucks so this is the cheapest way for me to get my local news and watch sports.
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