By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-1-21

Locast, the local TV station streaming services, said late Wednesday (Sept. 1) it was suspending interruptions to its programming, which it does to ask those who have not contributed to the service to do so.

Locast has argued since its inception that it is eligible for a nonprofit exemption from copyright laws, but the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this week agreed with the broadcast networks, which challenged that nonprofit status.

Locast does not charge for streaming the signals, for which it does pay stations a retransmission fee, but it does ask for donations, including interrupting programming periodically to ask for money.  » Read More