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...

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