US Supreme Court rules against Aereo, deems streamed broadcast TV ‘public performance’

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In a precedent-setting decision , the United States Supreme Court ruled today that Aereo is in violation of US copyright law. The decision states that Aereo’s use of tiny antennas hooked up to cloud DVR technology violates the right of companies producing broadcast content. Specifically, the decision says that Aereo’s business violates the 1976 Copyright Act; the act states that individuals or businesses are violating copyright if: 1: perform or display it at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered; or 2: to transmit or otherwise communicate a performance or display of the work … to the public by means of any device or process, whether the members of the public are capable of receiving the performance or display receive it in the same place or in separate places at the same time or at different times In the case of Aereo, the Supreme Court says the company’s service is tantamount to “a performance or display of the work.” Developing … Comments Source: US Supreme Court (PDF)

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US Supreme Court rules against Aereo, deems streamed broadcast TV ‘public performance’

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