Ice TV Wins Legal Battle Against Nine

icetvlogoGood news for users of the Ice TV electronic program guide — the company has won its latest court battle against Channel Nine, meaning that it is free to keep listing the free-to-air TV giant in its schedules.

Channel Nine sued Ice TV for copyright infringement back in 2006. It won the first round in 2007, but Channel Nine appealed and was successful in 2008. Ice TV in turn appealed, and has now won a favourable ruling from the High Court.

The copyright argument has long stymied the development of decent electronic program guides (EPGs) in Australia, so this hopefully might spell an eventual end to the madness, though Freeview’s apparent determination to stop other set-top boxes accessing its forthcoming guide suggests that stupidity might still reign for a while. But we still want a comprehensive, free, open EPG at some point. Please?

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