Cablevision weighs in on Aereo litigation


CablevisionCablevision Systems released a white paper titled “Aereo and the Public Performance Right” that lays out in full detail the company’s legal position on the controversial Aereo service. It asserts that the Aereo service violates the copyright laws because it retransmits broadcast content without a license – “a fact that has the major television broadcasters justifiably upset.”

Cablevision, however, strongly rejects anti-Aereo arguments made by broadcasters including ABC, CBS and FOX – in their petition before the Supreme Court as both overreaching and damaging.

In that petition, the broadcasters attempt to overturn the important principles of federal copyright law confirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in its 2008 Cablevision remote-storage DVR (RS-DVR) decision.

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Carl has been with RBR-TVBR since 1997 and is currently Managing Director/Senior Editor. Residing in Northern Virginia, he covers the business of broadcasting, advertising, programming, new media and engineering. He’s also done a great deal of interviews for the company and handles our ever-growing stable of bylined columnists.