Unfair Competition Claim Preempted By Copyright Act, New York Federal Judge Rules

Unfair Competition Claim Preempted By Copyright Act, New York Federal Judge Rules

NEW YORK - A common law claim of unfair competition against a company that feeds live television broadcasts to customers online has been dismissed by a federal judge, who said in an opinion released May 21 that the claim is preempted by the Copyright Act 17 U.S.C.S. §§ 101-810, (WNET, et al. v. Aereo, Inc.,  No. 1:12-cv-01543-AJN, S.D. N.Y.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70749).

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