The popular live streaming service Locast has lost a court decision and suspended service, the app reports.
The service issued a statement on their app and via tweet.
As a non-profit, Locast was designed from the very beginning to operate in accordance with the strict letter of the law, but in response to the court’s recent rulings, with which we respectfully disagree, we are hereby suspending operations, effective immediately.
— Locast (@LocastOrg) September 2, 2021
Locast is a live tv app that provides users with access to local channels without cable in over 35 markets across the US.
The app is funded by donations that users pay monthly for uninterrupted service.
It has undergone legal scrutiny from major broadcast companies including CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX.
In 2019, these 4 major broadcast corporations joined forces to file a lawsuit against Locast for violating copyright law.
The lawsuit alleged that Locast was retransmitting their television signals without permission.
However, Locast’s defense claimed that because they don’t charge customers for service, they are allowed to “boost” these signals for expanded access to local channels.
This would make them a nonprofit corporation and leave them exempt from copyright infringement lawsuits.
Unfortunately for Locast, a judgment was finally made ruling that Locast is not exempt and may be held liable.
Court documents noted the following:
Since portions of its user payments fund Locast’s expansion, its charges exceed those “necessary to defray the actual and reasonable costs of maintaining and operating the secondary transmission service
Because Locast made more money than was required to maintain and operate service, its claim as a nonprofit company was denied.
Excess money from donations was used to expand into new markets which should only be used to cover running costs.
Locast made a statement to its subscribers and more in an email addressing the judgment.
It reads as follows:
Users of the app will no longer have access to live local stations as the company has suspended activity.
If you open Locast on any device, you are prompted with the following message:
For alternative local streaming options check out our popular guides below:
- Amazon News App on Firestick/Fire TV
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- Local Now App
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