Jun 30, 2014

Networks win TV-streaming battle, but debate continues

Advocate Daily Post

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling against an online TV streaming service is a win for the big networks, but could spark debate about its potential impact on innovation, says Toronto lawyer Kevin Fisher.

In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that Aereo —which allows subscribers to watch local channels through the Internet and on mobile devices through a number of tiny antennas – is violating copyright laws, reports the New York Times.

It’s a huge decision that is sure to be debated for some time to come as to whether the court got it right or not. There are many in the tech community who believe that this decision stifles innovation and is a setback for the consumer. They will find themselves in the strange position of agreeing with Justice Scalia and his dissent. There will also be a question as to how this decision might affect cloud storage providers, says Fisher, litigation partner with Basman Smith LLP.

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