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September 21, 2010
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NAB Statement on Recent Legal Action Involving ivi, Inc.

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement today regarding a recent legal action involving a Seattle-based company known as ivi, Inc. The company has been accused of retransmitting broadcast TV signals in Seattle and New York over the Internet without authorization, and has since filed a lawsuit in a Seattle district court seeking a declaratory judgment.

Commenting on the situation, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton said:

"It is blatantly illegal to steal broadcasters' copyrighted works and signals. We strongly support broadcasters and their program suppliers in their efforts to combat copyright abuse and signal piracy."

In 2000, an Internet distribution service known as was enjoined by a federal court for copyright infringement following legal action taken by broadcasters, Hollywood studios and professional sports leagues.

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