Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Aereo Can Stream in New York for the Foreseeable Future

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a broadcaster request that the full court review a three-judge panel of that court's April decision not to stop Aereo from delivering broadcast signals over the Internet while a lower court considers a broadcaster challenge to the service's legality. The central issue in the Aereo case is whether the start-up’s decision to provide one antenna for every subscriber makes it a legal private transmission under copyright law or, instead, an illegal public broadcast so the broadcasters claim.
Meanwhile Fox Broadcasting isn't taking no for an answer, "We will now review our options, and determine the appropriate course of action," said a statement from Fox. CBS has also vowed to fight the company wherever it launches its service, which is available in New York, Atlanta and Boston (where it's already been sued by Hearst).
Aereo is a well funded startup that is challenging the current broadcasting model. While this ruling is another win for Aereo in its ongoing battle against broadcasters, their time in court is far from over. More on this to come...

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