Aereo's Last Stand: The Compulsory License

Law360, New York (July 10, 2014, 8:04 PM EDT) -- Following their big loss at the U.S. Supreme Court last month, online streaming services Aereo Inc. and FilmOn X LLC are now both claiming they can keep operating by using the compulsory copyright license created for cable providers. Legal experts aren't exactly optimistic on their chances.

Cable companies like Comcast get access to broadcast content through the Copyright Act's Section 111 compulsory license, meaning as long as they qualify as a "cable system" and pay the set fees, they automatically gain a legal copyright license to the material.

And the thing is, the high court's June 25 ruling was squarely premised...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!