PRODUCER OF RIVERDALE AND DEGRASSI SUES ICRAVETV
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PRODUCER OF RIVERDALE AND DEGRASSI SUES
TORONTO, January 31 /CNW/ - Epitome Pictures Inc. joined with other independent producers and broadcasters to file a lawsuit today against the operators of the iCraveTV website - TV Radio Now Corp. and William Craig. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Riverdale, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, have been illegally transmitted over the Internet via the iCraveTV website. A permanent injunction against the operators of the website is being sought, as well as damages and other relief for the harm alleged. While the website has stopped operation briefly to reconfigure its operation to be in compliance with a temporary restraining order issued by a U.S. court on January 28, that order does not by its terms deal with transmissions by the website to computers in Canada and abroad. ``It is therefore essential that we ensure that the operation is stopped here in Canada as well,'' said Linda Schuyler, Epitome president. ``We are a small company just like hundreds of other small television producers across Canada whose future livelihood and very existence are seriously threatened by iCraveTV and any similar operations which may spring up,'' she said. ``We believe that this lawsuit will establish a vital matter of principle - those who risk time, effort and finances to create television programs have the right to say when and how and who uses and exploits those programs. Otherwise, how could those risks ever be rewarded or even justified?'' Schuyler is also Chair of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA), which represents more than 300 companies involved in Canada's independent production industry from coast-to-coast. Epitome Pictures is a co-applicant in the lawsuit with Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., Global Television Network and Epitome's affiliate, Playing With Time Inc. McCarthy Ttrault is acting for the applicants. Information about Epitome is available at its website. -30-
For further information: Peter S. Grant, McCarthy Ttrault, (416) 601-7620
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