Channel Nine lost a legal battle in the High Court yesterday to digital program guide supplier IceTV, with the court ruling the network’s copyright rules were not infringed upon.
The ruling has ended a three-year court battle that started when Nine claimed that IceTV infringed on its copyright by compiling an independent guide, using data Nine sought to protect.
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The court ruled that there was “little originality” in the programming data, and that Nine’s claims to copyright originality were found more in program selection and presentation. Coupled with a digital video recorder, IceTV can allow users to skip advertisements.
A spokesperson for Nine told The Age that “the landscape has changed in technology and, in particular, electronic program guides … The judgement has practically no impact and Nine is unruffled”.
IceTV has said that the ruling will allow it to develop itself as a rival to existing networks, who in the three years since the trial started have begun delivering programming content via digital signals.