Court cries foul on service for mobile sports

The Federal Court of Australia, has ruled that TV Now,  a service allowing subscribers to download sports events on mobile phones and tablets and watch them within minutes of a live broadcast, does not fall under the “private and domestic use” exception of the Copyright Act. This decision resulted from a challenge of licensed recordings made available on equipment operated by and located with a commercial third party and the legality of recordings stored on a cloud service operated by a commercial third party. While it may be an Australian appellate ruling, it falls in line with other case decisions that have halted this type of technology, overseas and in the United States. Some analysts see this decision with further implications for cloud-based services. Ars Technica reports further on these implications here.