Utah Judge Grants Broadcasters Preliminary Injunction Against Aereo

By Merrill Knox Comment

aereoThe broadcast networks have been handed a victory in the ongoing legal battle with streaming television service Aereo, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge¬†Dale Kimball¬†ruled that Fox Broadcasting was likely to succeed on the merits of its copyright claim and be irreparably harmed by Aereo. As a result, the judge has granted a preliminary injunction against Aereo’s service that captures over-the-air TV signals and transmits them to subscribers’ digital devices.

The judge also has granted a stay pending the Supreme Court’s decision. The high court is scheduled to hear the case on April 22.

“This is a significant win for both broadcasters and content owners,” says Fox in a statement. “We are very pleased that the U.S. District Court in Utah has granted our request for a preliminary injunction. This injunction will prohibit Aereo from stealing our broadcast signal in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Montana.”