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LOS ANGELES � In another sign of how technology is changing television shows and movies, two organizations that give out Emmy awards have resolved a dispute over primetime television programs on the Internet. Under a 1977 agreement, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), which is based in Los Angeles, gives Emmys exclusively to primetime television programs, while the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, based in New York, gives Emmys for daytime, sports and news programs, and documentaries. In February, the ATAS brought a claim against the NATAS for awarding Emmys to primetime programs that first appeared on the Internet. NATAS had just launched a contest that awarded Emmys to those who submitted programs onto MySpace, “which we objected to for cheapening the value of the Emmy,” said George Hedges, a partner at Los Angeles-based Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges, who represents ATAS. On Dec. 11, a three-arbitrator panel found that Emmys could not be given based on distribution channels, such as the Internet, cell phones or iPods, and enjoined NATAS from continuing its My Space program. “It was a big victory, and a very tough case,” Hedges said. “It really was the future of the Emmy at stake.” Robert Begleiter, a partner at New York’s Constantine Cannon, who represents NATAS, did not return calls.

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