GearAndGuitars 26th June 2014 10:20 PM
Aereo has lost: Will cloud computing just yawn?-CICTP
The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision in ABC v. Aereo was a solid win for copyright owners and the rule of law. The Court’s 6-3 majority Opinion held that Aereo had infringed the public-performance rights of the owners of the copyrights in programs licensed to broadcast-TV stations. This outcome was mostly expected. Aereo’s statutory-interpretation arguments were weak, and its technologically inefficient, Rube-Goldberg confabulation of tens of thousands of duplicative antennae and copies was never more than a trite attempt to “design around” the exclusive rights of copyright owners. The Supreme Court last encountered such an attempt to “design around” copyright laws in MGM Studios v. Grokster – a case that ended in a 9-0 decision in favor of copyright owners. In the aftermath of the Grokster case, Aereo could hardly have expected a win after certiorari was granted. Nevertheless, the Aereo decision seems important for at least three reasons.