Cablevision wants the World Series streamed over the internet for free
After a two week feud over retransmission fees with News Corporation’s Fox network, Cablevision Thursday is calling for “governmental entities” and “non-profit organizations” to retransmit the Fox broadcast of the World Series, online over the Internet for free.
Cablevision’s press release made note of an exemption in the Copyright Act which would allow the government and/or non-profit groups to offer Fox’s World Series coverage online so long as it was done without “any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage” and “without charge to the recipients of the secondary transmission other than assessments necessary to defray the actual and reasonable costs of maintaining and operating the secondary transmission service.”
With this exemption, Cablevision claims that the World Series could be broadcasted over the internet for free.
Fox’s response to the cable company’s plea,
“It is alarming that Cablevision would put non-profits and governmental bodies at risk by encouraging them to violate the Copyright Act in order to gain a commercial advantage,” and “The obscure provision of the Copyright Act that Cablevision cites is for boosting over the air signals to rural areas for reception with an antenna — nothing resembling internet streaming.”
Meanwhile, over 3 million Cablevision customers are looking at another weekend without local Fox channels, and sports fans are facing the prospect of missing Game 3 and 4 of the World Series along with an NFL game on Sunday featuring the New York Jets vs. the Green Bay Packers.