Will Aereo Case Force a Rewrite of Communications and Copyright Laws?
Thursday, January 16, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Aereo has shaken the very foundation of the television business in the United States. How? By seizing on consumers’ growing appetite to watch live broadcast programming but not pay for cable TV service.
The company’s business model is simple: It uses tiny antennas to capture over-the-air broadcast signals and then re-stream them via the Internet, to be viewed by consumers on any device of their choosing—smartphones, tablets, and Wi-Fi-enabled TVs—all for a very low price per month. Since debuting in New York City in February 2012, Aereo has launched its service in Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, and Baltimore.
Not surprisingly, the sheer existence of Aereo has raised deep concerns within the broadcasting and cable industries. The big networks have sued to shut down Aereo’s service and prevent further expansion, but so far the courts have sided with Aereo.
The matter is now before the Supreme Court. A final decision will unquestionably have far-reaching implications for communications and copyright law. Many in Washington have been watching the lawsuits closely, and any court ruling that favors Aereo could force lawmakers to begin discussions in earnest about a rewrite of the Communications Act and the Copyright Act.
Attend this program to hear attorneys from three leading firms discuss the impact of Aereo and its ongoing legal dispute with broadcasters in both the media and copyright worlds.
• Receive a detailed explanation of Aereo’s present and future impact to the over-the-air broadcast and cable TV distribution businesses;
• Hear an analysis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s decision in WNET v. Aereo, in which the court ultimately concluded that Aereo’s live streams of TV shows are not materially distinguishable from a Cablevision Systems Corp. remote digital video recording service;
• Discover the state of play at the Supreme Court; and
• Learn about the potential effects of a Supreme Court ruling favoring Aereo, which include a congressional push to rewrite the Communications Act and the Copyright Act.
Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Counsel advising communications and broadcasting companies; professionals involved in media ownership and regulation; intellectual property practitioners.
Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: A general understanding of current telecommunications issues and copyright law.
CPE Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based Live
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Recommended CPE Credit: 1.5 credits
Anticipated CLE Credit: 1.5 credits (may vary based on from which location requested)