Aereo: The Supreme Court’s Ruling ‘Sends a Chilling Message to the Tech Industry’

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Aereo has issued a formal response to the decision passed down today by the Supreme Court, ruling that Aereo is illegal because the service is considered a public performance under the Copyright Act. In the response, Aereo calls this decision a “massive setback for the American consumer.” Chet Kanojia, Aereo CEO, also cites Justice Scalia’s dissent in the statement, agreeing that the court may not be able to uphold its promise that this precedent won’t affect future technology providers. See, the main question in the Aereo case was whether or not Aereo’s service, which offers a remote antenna and DVR storage for users who want to access OTA signals, was a public or private performance. Based on earlier precedents and their interpretation of the Copyright Act, Aereo was built specifically so that users were in charge of their own programming and the actual tuning of the antenna.

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