The Takeaway

Your Guide to Court Decisions on Aereo and Cell-Phones

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Aereo violates the Copyright Act–the ruling is seen as a major victory for television's biggest broadcasters.

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On The Media

The Supreme Court Sides Against Aereo

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Since its inception, the streaming service has faced a barrage of lawsuits from broadcasters saying that it violates copyright law's prohibition against "public performance" of their content. Aereo consistently won lawsuits in lower courts, but today the company went up against the major broadcasters and lost.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Takes on Affirmative Action, Political Lying, More

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's a busy week at the Supreme Court. Yesterday they issued a decision upholding Michigan's right to ban affirmative action in college admission practices. The court also heard a case about the Internet TV provider Aereo, that could have a big impact on broadcast and online media and arguments about whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during a political campaign. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, rounds up the decisions and arguments, and takes your calls about what comes next.

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Weighs In on the Future of Cable

Monday, April 21, 2014

Today the Supreme Court hears ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, a case about copyright law, digital technology and the definition of free access. It pits the biggest moguls in television against each other in court.

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On The Media

In the Battle Over Aereo, CBS Explores the Nuclear Option

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves has reportedly suggested the network would stop broadcasting if the streaming service Aereo wins a forthcoming Supreme Court case.

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On The Media

Aereo is so popular, it's running out of antennas in New York

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Aereo, the online broadcast TV service that has fought for its right to exist all the way to the US Supreme Court, is so popular in New York that it had to stop offering new subscriptions for a week because it didn't have the capacity to accept all the new subscribers.

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On The Media

Conservative Bloggers Vindicated, Advice for Leakers, and More

Friday, May 17, 2013

Some vindication for conservative bloggers in the IRS scandal, advice for sources after the AP call-record seizure, the Bloomberg Terminal scandal, and what the people thought the newspaper industry would look like in the future.

On The Media

A New Incentive for Cord Cutters

Friday, May 17, 2013

A company called Aereo is delivering real-time network TV on the internet with a novel technical setup which has drawn the legal wrath of all the major networks. Bob speaks Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia about how the company plans to make money in the face of legal threats from some of the most powerful media companies in the country.


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Studio 360

Want to Sell Your Mp3s? Tell It to the Judge

Friday, April 05, 2013

This week, two different federal courts delivered important and seemingly contradictory decisions about the way we consume digital entertainment. One case involves ReDigi, a platform that lets you resell digital songs you bought from iTunes but decide you don’t want any more.

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New Tech City

Despite Problems After Sandy, Wireless Providers Resist Change

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Cell phones are as much a necessity as electricity or water in the digital era.  After Sandy knocked out service to more than one in four cell towers, how are wireless providers preparing for future storms?