High Court Rules Aereo Is Illegal

Law360, New York (June 25, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that online television streaming service Aereo Inc. violates copyright law by retransmitting over-the-air programming without authorization, ending the biggest copyright case in years with a decision that effectively shutters the disruptive upstart.

In a 6-3 vote, the high court said Aereo's streaming service represented a "public performance" of the major television networks' copyrighted works, directly rejecting the company's claim that a quirky system of tiny antennae and individual copies made it more of an antenna rental service for consumers to privately access already-free broadcasts.

The networks, which sued Aereo immediately upon its launch in April...

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