[opendtv] Re: Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court to Intervene Over Aereo

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:58:24 -0400

On Oct 14, 2013, at 9:34 AM, Mike Tsinberg <Mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> It should be straight forward. Aereo acts as unauthorized re-transmitter as 
> any other cable company.

That's not the way the courts have seen it to date.

They are selling an antenna service that receives the channel you request and 
delivers the bits to YOU via the Internet. 

Clearly this is unauthorized by the broadcasters, but it is less clear that 
there is a copyright violation. 

For some reason the media conglomerates have no problem with MVPDs making 
content you are paying for available via the Internet. 

Looks like the age old practice of trying to stop a leak in the proverbial 
dike. But the pressure is building for the dike to burst.

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