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Aereo And Its Limited Application To New Technologies

Law360, New York (February 19, 2015, 10:14 AM EST) -- In American Broadcasting Company Inc. v. Aereo Inc., 134 S.Ct. 2498 (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court held that an Internet streaming service that allowed cord-cutting subscribers to watch broadcast television programming violated the broadcasters’ exclusive right to publicly perform their copyrighted content. Recognizing that its decision could have far-reaching and perhaps unintended implications for the technology sector, the court’s holding was explicitly limited to Aereo’s system and substantially similar technology. The majority reserved decision on how the Copyright Act would apply to questions involving cloud computing, remote storage digital video recorders, “and other novel issues not before the Court.” Several recent cases...

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