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Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, CBS Corp. and other broadcasters sued Ivi, an online subscription service, for streaming television programs over the Web without authorization.

Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, CBS Corp. and other broadcasters sued Ivi, an online subscription service, for streaming television programs over the Web without authorization.

The companies — also including News Corp.’s Fox, General Electric Co.’s NBC and the Public Broadcasting Service — today accused Ivi and its founder Todd Weaver of copyright infringement. “Defendants have launched their infringing Internet TV service to coincide with the start of the new fall television season,” the broadcasters said.

Ivi, based in Seattle, began streaming TV stations there and in New York 24 hours a day to Web subscribers worldwide on Sept. 13, according to the lawsuit. Viewers would pay $4.99 a month after a 30-day free trial.

 
 
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