The two largest African American networks, BET and TV One, are in a battle over the footage of Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle’s performances at Essence Music Festival.
TV One has exclusive rights to exhibit and broadcast Essence Music Festival and has filed and injunction against BET for airing an unauthorized broadcast footage of the festival. The issue occurred in June during which TV One planned to feature the 2011 Essence Music Festival program, and BET televised performances from the previous year. The airing of footage by BET allegedly interfered with TV One’s promotion and infringed on their listening rights.
TV One is asking for injunctive relief and damages for copyright infringement, tortious interference, and further violations of California business code.