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Justices Rule for Broadcasters in Fight With Aereo

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The Supreme Court has sided with four major broadcasters - including CBS - in a ruling against the online TV service Aereo. Under copyright law, cable and satellite companies pay television networks billions of dollars a year to bring their subscribers programs like The Big Bang Theory and The Late Show with David Letterman. Aereo delivered that same programming without paying the networks. It received off-the-air network signals on dime-sized antennas - one for each subscriber - who then watched shows over the internet.

"The broadcasters are arguing that Aereo is just like cable so it should have to pay just like cable does,” says John Bergmayer.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court agreed saying Aereo is re transmitting copyrighted content, and in violation of federal copyright law. Writing the majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer said: "Behind-the-scenes technological differences do not distinguish Aereo's system from cable systems."

There are concerns the ruling could impact other services such as Dropbox that rely on cloud-based servers, but the Justices went out of their way to calm those fears. Justice Breyer wrote: "Given the limited nature of this holding, the court does not believe its decision will discourage the emergence or use of different kinds of technologies."

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the 2nd Court of Appeals, but Aereo faces a bleak future. Barry Diller, the major funder behind Aereo, has said he doesn't believe the company would be able to survive if the court ruled against it.

Aereo is available in New York, Boston and Atlanta among 11 metropolitan areas.

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