In a 6 to 3 decision issued on June 25th, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo had violated copyright laws by capturing broadcast signals on miniature antennas and transmitting them to subscribers over the Internet for a fee. Subscribers that logged on to watch or record a program were assigned a different antenna, and according to a June 30th Wall St. Journal, this meant no two customers were watching the same copy of a program.
Do you have a Law Library card? If you do, you can read the following articles via the Hein Online database:
- Aereo and Cablevision: How Courts are Struggling to Harmonize the Public Performance Right with Online Retransmission of Broadcast Television by Sam Mendez at 9 Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, Issue 3, Winter 2014
- Aereo and Copyright’s Private – Public Performance Line by Glynn S. Lunney, Jr. at 162 University of Pennsylvania Review Online 205 (2013-2014)
- “A Million Little Antennas: The Second Circuit’s Decision in WNET, Thirteen v. Aereo, Inc. and the Next Great United States Supreme Court Copyright Battle” at 16 Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 287 (2013) by Sebastian Wyatt Novak
- Copyright Handbook
- Patent, Copyright &Trademark
- A letter to Aereo’s consumers from its founder and Chief Executive, Chet Kanojia stating the company was temporarily suspending its operations following the Supreme Court’s ruling.
- Cloud confusion sparked by Aereo ruling’s ‘guilt by resemblance’
- Aereo Suspends Service after U.S. Supreme Court ruling