Well so much for that idea.
Court rejects claims by NHK, broadcasters against TV Internet transmissions
The Intellectual Property High Court on Tuesday rejected claims by NHK and five other major broadcasters against a service enabling recorded Japanese television programs to be sent overseas through the Internet, overturning an earlier ruling.
Ruling in favor of Nihon Digital Co., the company that provides the service, the court dismissed a Tokyo District Court ruling that had ordered a halt to program recording and had awarded about 7.3 million yen in damages to the parties that filed the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was sparked by a service allowing domestic television programs recorded on a main unit to be sent overseas through the Internet to a receiving unit. The district court ruling said that the company's recording activities violated the reproduction rights of the broadcasters, but in the high court ruling Presiding Judge Nobuyoshi Tanaka said the company was merely providing an environment.
"All it is doing is providing an environment for legitimate private use, and it does not constitute reproduction," the judge said.
A legal representative for Nihon Digital praised the ruling, saying it followed the spirit of Japan's copyright law. The broadcasters commented that they would carefully examine the ruling and decide on a response.
(Mainichi Japan) January 28, 2009
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