Aereo sued in Utah as broadcasters seek Supreme Court attention

Aereo is aggressively expanding its streaming broadcast TV service — a setback in Chicago notwithstanding — but so too are angry broadcasters expanding the reach of their lawsuits in an attempt to shut down Aereo’s business. The latest battleground is Utah, where Fox, CBS, and local TV affiliates have just filed a lawsuit in district court.

As before, the broadcasters claim that Aereo is retransmitting their valuable content without paying without their permission, and without paying a fee. “No amount of technological gimmickry by Aereo changes the fundamental principle of copyright law that those who wish to retransmit copyrighted broadcasts may do so only with the copyright owners’ authority,” the broadcasters charge.

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