Broadcasters lose final appeal to take down Aereo

24 11 2013
Traditional TV broadcasting companies are so eager to take out TV-over-Internet upstart Aereo that they keep filing court cases. But they also keep losing.A coalition of broadcasters sued Aereo in March 2012, saying that the company’s strategy of renting each customer a tiny antenna was a thinly veiled excuse to avoid copyright law. The TV companies want Aereo to pay retransmission fees like traditional cable companies do.

The broadcasters lost, and then lost again on appeal three months ago. Then they made a broader challenge, asking the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit to take the case “en banc,” meaning all 13 of the judges on the New York-based court would hear it. They asked the court to actually reconsider the key decision that protects Aereo’s business: the Cablevision decision.


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