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Posted: 09/01/21 09:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dutch_12078 wrote:


Did you miss this part of the pertinent law? "...without charge to the recipients of the secondary transmission other than assessments necessary to defray the actual and reasonable costs of maintaining and operating the secondary transmission service."
(emphasis added)

Locast has dropped the 15 minute donation pleas though, at least during the legal proceedings.

I think you hit on the key issue. It was not the copyright question driving the ruling, but the method Locast used to get the funds they need to support (or expand) their service. Non-profits have to be cautious not to appear operating like a for profit organization.

Perhaps it would be better not to offer any free streaming version, but require all users to pay annual membership fee for access to defray their costs? Though this won't necessarily prevent filing lawsuits to kill the service.

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Posted: 09/01/21 11:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LOCAST provides no local TV stations in my area so I won't miss it.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:

TV/radio stations don't CHOOSE to provide free OTA transmission, it's a requirement of their licenses to use the public airways.


Sure it is. They CHOOSE to provide free OTA if they want to use the public airwaves.

They choose a different model when sent over cable/internet.


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Ain't no free lunch. Some way Some how someone pays the freight. Look at PBS. Payed for by tax dollars and donations. Checkout the salary of Some of their employees. You won't think they're nonprofit.
I repeat If you use something it cost to produce then you should chip in to help pay for it.

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Posted: 09/02/21 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update LOCAST has ceased operations.

Locast Nation

As a non-profit, Locast was designed from the very beginning to operate in accordance with the strict letter of the law, but in response to the court’s recent rulings, with which we respectfully disagree, we are hereby suspending operations, effective immediately.


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