Washington Law Review




Plaintiff licensed its copyrighted motion pictures to a television broadcasting station. Defendant, a Community Antenna Television (CATV) System, received the station's broadcast, amplified the signal, and retransmitted it via coaxial cable to paying subscribers operating their own television sets in private homes and places of business. Plaintiff brought suit under the Copyright Act, alleging infringement on grounds that defendant had unlawfully performed plaintiff's copyrighted work. Held: Copyright protection of motion pictures extends to movies shown in private homes and places of business by means of CATV systems operated for profit. United Artists Television, Inc. v. Fortnightly Corp., 255 F. Supp. 177 (S.D.N.Y. 1966).

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