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Ruling: Aereo is not a cable company

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Jul 2014 18:55 User comments (4)

Ruling: Aereo is not a cable company Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled against online TV broadcast and DVR startup Aereo, effectively killing the company.
In its efforts to regain its status, Aereo asked to be reconsidered as a "cable company" under copyright law, allowing it to continue operating but with official re-transmission licenses from the major media companies.

This week, US copyright officials have told Aereo executives that they will not consider the startup a cable company under current copyright law. "In the view of the Copyright Office, internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 license," the Copyright Office wrote in its letter to Aereo.

Aereo's filings will not be declined outright, since Aereo has appealed to a lower court and the case is still being heard. The Copyright Office has therefore provisionally accepted the application.

Read more about the Supreme Court decision here.

Source:
CNBC

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4 user comments

120.7.2014 19:20

I still don't understand how they ever thought what they were doing was just fine.

221.7.2014 12:48

I still don't understand how Aereo is doing anything wrong........other than centralizing their DVR features. OTA broadcasts are allowed to be intercepted by ANYONE according to FCC law. Aereo just needs to give an antenna and DVR but one that is NOT web-based as this seems to be.

322.7.2014 9:14

Originally posted by hearme0:
I still don't understand how Aereo is doing anything wrong........other than centralizing their DVR features. OTA broadcasts are allowed to be intercepted by ANYONE according to FCC law. Aereo just needs to give an antenna and DVR but one that is NOT web-based as this seems to be.
If they did that they would not have a service to generate revenue from.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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425.7.2014 22:36

We in democratically backward India - by US perception - are so much worse off! No copyright applies to what is on the air. We have no burner phones for the benefit of crooks, scoundrels, rogues, mafia or terrorists. Police frequency receivers are banned for the general public for their own safety from criminals. We have no way to block caller ID being visible to the receiver.

I don't miss any of these features of US life !

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