Jenner & Block

Firm Secures Another Victory for Fox in Copyright Infringement Matter

Jenner & Block won another victory for Fox Broadcasting Company when the Tenth Circuit denied an online streaming service’s bid to stay a preliminary injunction.  Fox and other broadcasters have argued that the service, Aereo, retransmits valuable content without the broadcasters’ permission and without paying a fee.  On February 19, a U.S. district judge granted Fox a preliminary injunction that blocked Aereo from rebroadcasting Fox’s and other broadcasters’ copyrighted content within the geographic reach of the Tenth Circuit: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming.  Aereo then filed a motion to stay the injunction.  On March 7, the Tenth Circuit denied Aereo’s bid until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the legality of its services, expected in June.  “Aereo has not made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed on the merits of its appeal.  Nor has Aereo demonstrated that the other factors weigh in its favor,” the judges said.  The team representing Fox is led by Partner Richard  L. Stone and includes Partners Amy M. Gallegos, Matthew E. Price and Julie A. Shepard and Associates Ethan A. Glickstein, Jennifer Wagman Njathi and Christopher S. Lindsay.  News of the Tenth Circuit’s decision was reported in outlets including Law360.