Remember the Aereo streaming TV service? Wasn't it COOL? Well, it's pretty much dead now

Streaming TV service barred from showing live TV streams

Embattled streaming TV service Aereo was dealt a fatal blow Thursday as a US judge barred the service from broadcasting live television streams.

Judge Alison Nathan ruled in favor of the broadcasting companies looking to bar the service from showing their feeds to customers online, issuing a temporary injunction to block the company from showing video to customers while a program is still being broadcast.

The ruling comes following multiple appeals and rehearings of the case, including a stint before the Supreme Court, all of which ended in a ruling against Aereo. The Supreme Court, crucially, ruled that Aereo was a streaming service subject committing copyright violation.

Aereo has argued that it is merely providing its customers with the equipment to view broadcasts at home. The service uses antenna to gather broadcasts which are then stored and streamed to users. The company has voluntarily suspended its broadcasts since June.

The ruling, while devastating to Aereo, could stop short of killing the company altogether. As the order is a preliminary injunction, it is not the final say (that will come should a final injunction be issued). It also only bars the company from streaming the video to users while the program is being broadcast by the networks.

"Aereo cannot limit the scope of the preliminary injunction to anything short of the complete airing of the broadcast despite its contention at oral argument that the Supreme Court intended "near-live retransmission" to mean something less than a ten-minute delay," the judge wrote.

Judge Nathan noted that the order only covers live broadcasts, leaving the door open for possibly showing content on a delay. The judge acknowledged that the company may well indeed also be in violation of copyright law were it to show programs at a later time, but said that in this specific case only the live broadcast of content was being examined. ®

Similar topics

Other stories you might like

  • DMCA can't be used to sidestep First Amendment, court rules
    Anonymous speech protections apply online too, and copyright can't diminish that

    It's been a good week for free speech advocates as a judge ruled that copyright law cannot be used to circumvent First Amendment anonymity protections.

    The decision from the US District Court for the Northern District of California overturns a previous ruling that compelled Twitter to unmask an anonymous user accused of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). 

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed a joint amicus brief with the ACLU in support of Twitter's position, said the ruling confirms "that copyright holders issuing subpoenas under the DMCA must still meet the Constitution's test before identifying anonymous speakers." 

    Continue reading
  • US Copyright Office sued for denying AI model authorship of digital image
    What do we want? Robot rights! When do we want them? 01001110 01101111 01110111!

    The US Copyright Office and its director Shira Perlmutter have been sued for rejecting one man's request to register an AI model as the author of an image generated by the software.

    You guessed correct: Stephen Thaler is back. He said the digital artwork, depicting railway tracks and a tunnel in a wall surrounded by multi-colored, pixelated foliage, was produced by machine-learning software he developed. The author of the image, titled A Recent Entrance to Paradise, should be registered to his system, Creativity Machine, and he should be recognized as the owner of the copyrighted work, he argued.

    (Owner and author are two separate things, at least in US law: someone who creates material is the author, and they can let someone else own it.)

    Continue reading
  • SpaceX: 5G expansion could kill US Starlink broadband
    It would be easier to take this complaint seriously if Elon wasn't so Elon

    If the proposed addition of the 12GHz spectrum to 5G goes forward, Starlink broadband terminals across America could be crippled, or so SpaceX has complained. 

    The Elon Musk biz made the claim [PDF] this week in a filing to the FCC, which is considering allowing Dish to operate a 5G service in the 12GHz band (12.2-12.7GHz). This frequency range is also used by Starlink and others to provide over-the-air satellite internet connectivity.

    SpaceX said its own in-house study, conducted in Las Vegas, showed "harmful interference from terrestrial mobile service to SpaceX's Starlink terminals … more than 77 percent of the time, resulting in full outages 74 percent of the time." It also claimed the interference will extend to a minimum of 13 miles from base stations. In other words, if Dish gets to use these frequencies in the US, it'll render nearby Starlink terminals useless through wireless interference, it was claimed.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022