Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Verizon and The Walt Disney Company Sign Programming Deal

Verizon and The Walt Disney Company announced a long-term, wide-ranging programming agreement for multiple Disney and ESPN networks and services.


Under the agreement, Verizon will carry 12 television services on Verizon FiOS TV's expanded basic, including ABC Family, ABC News Now, Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Toon Disney and SOAPnet. Verizon will also be granted retransmission consent of ABC's owned and operated television stations as part of the agreement.


Verizon and Disney also agreed to cooperate, consistent with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, to help curb infringement of Disney's copyrighted works over the Internet while at the same time appropriately safeguarding the privacy of Verizon Internet service subscribers.


Under the agreement, Verizon would forward and track notices to its subscribers allegedly engaged in the unauthorized distribution of Disney's copyrighted works, without identifying the subscribers to Disney, and either provide subscriber identifying information pursuant to lawfully served subpoenas or terminate Verizon Internet service provided to subscribers who have infringed Disney copyrights and received multiple notices.
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