Ten major motion picture studios and three broadcasting companies filed suit Jan. 20 against iCraveTV — which relays television programs and movies into the United States from cyberspace — for copyright and trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition, and civil conspiracy and were granted a temporary restraining order Jan. 28 (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. v. iCraveTV, W.D. Pa., No. 00121, 1/28/00).

The order went into effect immediately, preventing iCraveTV’s live Internet broadcast of the Super Bowl on Jan. 30 — iCraveTV visitors were greeted with the message, “Access to stations and listings is not available at this time.” On Jan. 31, Canadian public and private broadcasters launched a similar suit against iCrave TV in Ontario court.

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