WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCBS) — Aereo, a start-up company that allows subscribers to view live and time-shifted stream of over-the-air television on Internet connected devices is violating broadcaster copyrights, U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday.
In a 6-3 decision, with Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito dissenting, was the blow to the start-up that launched last year in New York and then expanded to 10 other cities. The company’s technology allows customers to watch over view over-the-air TV programming on smartphones, tablets or personal computers about $8 per month.
The Supreme Court said that Aereo was operating like a cable system. And cable systems, to adhere to copyright law, must pay for the programming they transmit.
“Earlier the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of cable television and Congress amended the copyright statue to overrule those decisions,” Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine School of Law, told KCBS.
“So the Supreme Court said therefore that Congress indicated the clear desire that when any service—cable or this new electronic service—is picking up broadcast signals and them giving them to others, those companies have to pay for them.”
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