Aereo counter-sues broadcasters
Whoops! I need to get that drum out one more time. We’ve told you about Aereo before, it’s this service based in New York (though hoping to expand) that would take the local broadcast channels and make them available as online streaming content. So if you want to watch the local news or an NBC show on your iPad, you just fire up your Aereo app and off you go. The announcement of the service was greeted pretty swiftly by lawsuits from those same broadcasters, claiming that Aereo had no right to the content (Aereo had not secured permission or paid anything).
Now Aereo is suing back. Says Hillicon Valley:
“Consumers use the Aereo Technology to do no more than what they are entitled to do: access local television broadcasts on the public airwaves using an individual antenna; create unique copies of that broadcast content for their own personal use; and play back their unique recordings to their television or other viewing devices for their personal use,” Aereo wrote in its filing.
The company asked the court to declare that its technology does not infringe any copyrights and to force the broadcasters to pay for its legal fees.
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