Judge Rules TVEyes is Mostly Okay

By Chris Ariens 

tveyesThe TVEyes web service has won a round against Fox News.

Last year, Fox sued TVEyes, a service that monitors and transcribes video from cable, broadcast and radio stations, claiming copyright infringement. But U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has given a partial victory to the service saying the keyword search function falls under the fair use doctrine.

A Fox News spokesperson says the network will fight on: “The Court expressly said that it required more information to decide whether TVEyes’ other features — including allowing video clips to be archived, downloaded, emailed, and shared via social media — were fair use.”

The Court has called for another hearing on that part of the case on October 3. Mediabistro sites TVNewser and TVSpy use TVEyes extensively.