When several big sports and entertainment companies teamed up to sue a Canadian Internet company that was grabbing their TV programming from the air and putting it on its Web site, a lawyer in Pittsburgh saw his chance to leap into the case — with a video program of his own.

The dispute involved iCraveTV, which supposedly offered Canadian-only viewers, real-time TV in a corner of their computer screens. The National Football League, National Basketball Association, 10 movie and TV production companies and three TV networks all wanted iCraveTV stopped.

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