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Aereo Debacle Shows Congress Clueless About Net Video

22
Jul
2014

Its a Kafkaesque situation for Aereo, a company that until recently offered a subscription service that captured over-the-air TV signals and piped them to peoples homes over the Internet. On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of TV broadcasters that had sued Aereo for acting like a cable company without paying the licensing fees that cable companies are required to pay. In a way, both the Supreme Court and the Copyright Office are right, and the fault for the confusion lies with Congress, which has ignored the phenomenon of Internet video for decades.

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