The industry is taking Locast seriously. Apparently, some very good lawyers concluded what we’ve always known: Locast is legal. These lawyers even go on to say that Locast not only meets the letter of the law but does exactly what Congress had in mind: boost the reach of local broadcast stations so that people can get their free local news, weather, sports, and entertainment. We have no idea who wrote this (a reporter sent it to us) but one thing is for sure: the lawyers who wrote this White Paper agree with every other lawyer we ever consulted about Locast. Copyright law (17 U.S.C. 111(a)(5)) and judicial precedent allow a non-profit to retransmit a local broadcast signal over the Internet, as Locast does. Read the best anonymous White Paper you’ve ever seen here.
Locast White Paper
Locast.org, America’s only nonprofit, free, local broadcast TV digital translator live TV streaming service, was founded by Sports Fans Coalition NY (SFCNY), a New York-based nonprofit, fan-advocacy group formed in 2017. Locast launched in 2018 and is available in 32 DMAs. SFCNY is the first local chapter of Sports Fans Coalition, Inc., which led the successful campaign to end the FCC’s Sports Blackout Rule and continues to advocate for fans. In 2020, Locast added more than 1 million users, making it one of the fastest-growing live TV streaming services and was named the 2020 most-improved streaming service by TechHive. As a nonprofit, Locast is supported by user donations and is available at www.locast.org.
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