How The High Court Can Avoid Collateral Damage In Aereo

Law360, New York (April 18, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT) -- A defeat for Aereo Inc. in its U.S. Supreme Court battle with broadcasters could pose a big threat to the world of cloud computing, the company and others have claimed. With arguments in the case set for Tuesday, Law360 examines if the justices can shut down Aereo without causing problems in the cloud.

The problem is rooted in the Second Circuit's highly publicized 2008 ruling on a Cablevision Systems Corp. cloud-based DVR that made copies for users and then beamed them back to the home. The appeals court found this was merely a "private," rather than a "public," performance under the...

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