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Exex charged in Televisa copyright fight

MEXICO CITY — As part of the ongoing legal battle between Mexico’s two rival broadcasters, Televisa and TV Azteca, formal charges of copyright violation were brought against former TV Azteca execs who now work for Televisa.

Over the weekend, a criminal judge indicted Carmen Armendariz, Fernando Saenz de Miera and Fermin Gellida, all three former producers of TV Azteca’s popular gossip show “Ventaneando” who since have returned to the Televisa fold.

On July 30, a Mexico City judge upheld charges against the “Ventaneando” host Pati Chapoy for alleged illegal screenings of clips from novelas and other Televisa shows.

Chapoy had avoided arrest July 17 when her lawyers filed an injunction. At that time, TV Azteca questioned in an official statement why only Chapoy was singled out in the complaint.

When Chapoy presented evidence in a hearing, she told the court she only hosted the show and that the former producers — who own production company El Septimo Sello — were responsible for the scripts and the material used on the show.

Chapoy’s former colleagues also are protected from arrest by an injunction filed in July.

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