Free TV streaming service Locast suspends service after court ruling for copyright violation

A nonprofit organization that provides free streaming services for broadcasting TV stations through a loophole in copyright law went dark Thursday after an adverse court ruling earlier this week.

Locast’s decision marks a significant blow to cord-cutters, many of whom used the service to stream local channels without buying a TV or paying for cable service. The major TV networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox — jointly sued Locast in 2019. On Wednesday, a federal judge in New York sided with them .

The TV networks alleged Locast must “secure the consent of the broadcasters to retransmit the broadcast signals” in the
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