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Internet startup Aereo, who’s slogan is “No cable required,” battle against several major broadcasters is now underway.  This  decision could shake up how consumers get their television.  Aereo’s service takes broadcast television signals from New York-area stations and retransmit them over the Internet to Aereo subscribers. The plaintiffs, which include Fox Television, PBS, and ABC, argue that because Aereo has not licensed this television programming, it is committing copyright infringement.


Naturally, the broadcasters ask for an injunction.  The request, however,  was shot down by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan back in July.  The plaintiffs appeal and the case is pending in the Southern District Court of New York.

A lawyer for the broadcasters claims that “Aereo is taking the plaintiffs’ broadcast signals and reprocessing them so they can be streamed over the Internet.  That is a violation of copyright law.”

Aereo contends that its new technology does not constitute copyright…

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