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Client Alert: Broadcasters Win High-Profile Battle Against Aereo Streaming Service

In a monumental win for broadcasters and copyright owners on June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court in American Broadcasting Cos., Inc., et al. v. Aereo, Inc., No. 13-461 reversed the Second Circuit’s ruling denying a preliminary injunction against the Aereo Internet-streaming service.  Aereo claimed it had developed a technological workaround allowing it to retransmit live television broadcasts to subscribers without having to pay for a license.  This argument – and the design of Aereo’s system – was  based on the Second Circuit’s holding inCartoon Network LP LLLP v. CSC Holdings, Inc., 536 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2008) (Cablevision).