Time Warner Cable seeks court ruling on Viacom

NEW YORK Thu Apr 7, 2011 4:48pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc sought a court ruling affirming its rights to deliver programing of Viacom Inc over its cable systems, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday.

The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court said Viacom had threatened legal action against TWC for transmitting Viacom services to TWC cable subscribers who wish to use iPads in their homes as an additional screen to watch their cable service.

It asks the court to declare that TWC is not infringing any copyrights held by Viacom by providing services to its subscribers, including through the TWCable TV iPad App, a "Smart TV" application "and other comparable applications and services."

The case is Time Warner Cable Inc v Viacom International Inc, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 11-2376.

(Reporting by Grant McCool; Editing by Bernard Orr)