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Time Warner iPad App upsets Viacom

13 April 2011 No Comment

TIMES WARNER CABLE, IPAD, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, VIACOM, MTV, BET, CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL, FAMEAPPEAL.COM

TIMES WARNER CABLE, IPAD, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, VIACOM, MTV, BET, CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL, FAMEAPPEAL.COM

Time Warner Cable seeks a declaratory judgment (what is a DJ) to decide whether the Ipad or “smart televisions” are included as video display devices for subscribers to watch Viacom tv shows. Networks like BET, MTV and Comedy central are all subsidiaries of Viacom, and Time Warner Cable has an affiliate agreement with Viacom which allows them to broadcast those networks.  Viacom is ticked off that Time Warner Cable transmits MTV, BET, CMT shows to its subscribers through an Ipad. Viacom states that Ipads are not what was intended when they permitted Time Warner Cable to broadcast MTV, BET etc. through in home video display devices.  Time Warner argues that an Ipad is simply an additional screen to view their cable service at home because the television broadcast “pipe” used to see episodes through a LCD screen is the same “pipe” used for Ipad transmission.

The right to broadcast copyright protected works through electronic devices are traditionally articulated in very broad terms. This is to protect the licensee (Time Warner Cable) from future violations. Viacom views the Ipad as an unconventional device that is not equivalent to something like a television because by its nature an Ipad is a mobile device like a cell phone and not a like heavy/clunky plasma screen home device. However, Time Warner Cable argues that the Ipad is simply the evolution of visual devices used in the household.

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