New lawsuit by would-be rival threatens Aereo’s entry into Chicago market


A new lawsuit could keep Aereo out of the third biggest media market, and also complicates a confusing situation that makes it legal for Americans in some part of the country — but not others — to watch over-the-air TV via third party streaming services.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday by FilmOn, an Aereo-like service owned by eccentric billionaire Alki David. FilmOn’s complaint (embedded below) claims that a PBS station sent a letter accusing it of stealing its signal; FilmOn claims its service is a form of legal private copying, and asks the Chicago court to declare that it’s not violating the Copyright Act.

The Chicago complaint amounts to a fresh courtroom stunt by David, a notorious provocateur who has repeatedly thumbed his nose at the court system. On Monday, according to reports, a judge in Washington held FilmOn in contempt of court and called David a “man who…

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