Arbitron, Magic Broadcasting settle copyright infringement suit


ArbitronArbitron says Magic Broadcasting, LLC and Magic Broadcasting Alabama Licensing, LLC agreed to a settlement deal that resolves the lawsuit brought by Arbitron for copyright infringement and breach of license agreement.

In a lawsuit filed 11/16/11, Arbitron alleged that Magic improperly used proprietary or copyrighted Arbitron materials, info and data after the expiration of its license agreement.

The lawsuit was filed as part of ongoing Arbitron initiative to protect its intellectual property rights. Magic, which formerly O&O’s several stations in the Dothan, Alabama, agreed is settling for an undisclosed sum.  The broadcaster also agreed not to engage in any activities that would infringe, misappropriate, or breach Arbitron’s intellectual property rights in any of its reports, data or software. Magic acknowledged that its on air personalities were not authorized to refer to Arbitron ratings data and agreed to refrain from making any unauthorized use of Arbitron’s ratings data in the future.  Arbitron agreed not to pursue legal action against Magic as long as Magic complies with the terms of the settlement deal.