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Aereo Told It’s Not a Cable Company by the US Copyright Office

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By now you’re likely aware that the US Supreme Court decided Aereo’s service was a violation of copyright law, labeling it a cable system. The outfit then sought to carry on the same statutory license cable companies pay broadcasters royalties to stream content from local stations in District Court. That maneuver has ground to a halt though as the US Copyright Office clamped down on the attempt, concluding that “internet transmissions fall outside the scope” of the license. In its letter to Aereo, the office’s general council did say that despite accepting the application on a “provisional basis,” it would need to review the case further and factor in “regulatory or judicial developments” (like an FCC ruling) before offering a final word.

Read the full story at Engadget, and the original report at Variety.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.