The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 6-3 vote that Aereo is violating the broadcasters’ copyrights by taking the signals without paying them.
Aereo is a streaming service, that captures broadcast signals on miniature antenna’s and delivering these channels to subscribers for a monthly subscription fee.
The ruling is a victory for the major television networks, which had argued that Aereo’s business model amounted to a theft of their programming.
The ruling states, “given Aereo’s overwhelming likeness to the cable companies targeted by the 1976 amendments, this sole technological difference between Aereo and traditional cable companies does not make a critical difference here.” The full ruling can be downloaded here.
“We are pleased with today’s decision which is great news for content creators and their audiences,” CBS said in a statement.
Aereo started operations about two years ago and broadcasters, including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, were quick to go to court trying tio stop Aereo claiming that the technology violated copyrights.
Aereo has been rolling out its internet-delivered streaming and PVR service city by city and so far has won most legal battles.
WATCH VIDEO. Aereo Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia, CCO Alex Moulle-Berteaux, and CTO Joe Lipowski explain the inspiration behind the company as well as how Aereo’s mini-antennas work. It’s a quick 90-second inside look at Aereo.