“Television broadcasters are asking the highest court in the United States for answers on Aereo’s legality,” Eriq Gardner reports for The Hollywood Reporter.
“The digital company captures over-the-air TV signals and relays them to subscribers’ digital devices,” Gardner reports. “The broadcasters have contended this is an infringement on their copyrights and specifically, a violation of their performance rights. A New York federal judge, however, refused to grant an injunction on the grounds that each Aereo subscriber was receiving a private, individualized transmission stream. In April, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that denial.”
Gardner reports, “The petitioners say that the 2nd Circuit ruling ‘threatens to upend’ the billions of dollars that the TV industry has invested in programming “by blessing a business model that retransmits ‘live TV’ to paying customers without obtaining any authorization or paying a penny to the copyright owners.”
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