Canadians Join Campaign to Shutter iCraveTV.com
Plaintiffs—including the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CTV Television Inc., and Chum Ltd.—filed the most recent suit the first week of February, in the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. In it, the broadcasters charge that iCraveTV.com's pirated programming competes "unfairly for advertising revenue using broadcasters' own property." Until it was prohibited in the US, the site let Net viewers watch major US and Canadian television broadcasts—without the programmers' original paid advertisements. Ads procured by iCraveTV.com, a unit of Toronto's TVRadioNow Corp., were inserted instead, attorneys claim.
Damages of $75 million Canadian are being sought by the Canadian broadcasters against iCraveTV.com, which replied to the US suit with a prepared statement that it "believes it is acting in compliance with all applicable laws and will defend itself actively and vigorously." US sports leagues are seeking $5 million in damages; American networks are seeking $150,000 for each pirated program. The site is, at the moment, inoperative; considering the array of heavyweights opposing it, chances for its survival appear slim.