Free2View Roku Channel Offline Due To Piracy Complaint

The Popular Free2View Roku Channel Shut Down after Developer Received a Cease and Desist Piracy Warning

Free2View Roku Channel Takedown Notice

Rebroadcasting provider content without written permission can land Roku channel developers in hot water when the legal cease and desist letters arrive.

This is what happened to the owner of the popular Free2View Roku Channel after the developer received a legal notice informing him that the channel was in violation of copyright laws.

As of June 21, 2022, the public Free2View Roku channel has shut down. After the channel owner was hit with a cease and desist letter from the Covington Law Firm notifying the channel owner that the channel was in direct violation of U.S. copyright law.

From the Canadian channel developer:
"To all the fans: Yes, it was a takedown order from Weigel that required me to remove their OTA channels. The copyright violation was unintentional as I thought the streams were from verified sources and it turns out they were not."

This public Roku channel featured live TV streams of popular live TV channels. At first the Free2View channel was released as a private Roku channel, and then earlier in the year when Roku stopped supporting private channels and now only allowed very limited use. The channel developer was able to convert the channel to a public channel. This passed the Roku channel certification process.

This is somewhat surprising and shows that Roku can't thoroughly vet every public Roku channel for piracy. Piracy concerns were why they clamped down so hard on private channels in the past.

So the moral of this story is while a channel developer can claim they are legally broadcasting content when faced with a cease and desist letter the smart thing is to comply and not risk a potential lawsuit. 

Had the content owners directed their letter to Roku instead, the channel would have no doubt been promptly removed from Roku's platform before the deloper could even shut it down. In this case the developer took the channel down before Roku could act.

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