Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia after the Supreme Court arguments.
The Supreme Court heard arguments today for and against Aereo, the startup that streams broadcast television to subscribers over the internet without paying copyright fees to broadcast networks.
The court didn't give many indications of which way it will rule, but the questions centered around a few themes: the impact of the ruling on cloud computing, whether Aereo is transmitting content or merely providing equipment, and whether the company's antenna farm is more than a sleight of hand to skirt copyright law.
Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox sued Aereo two years ago, alleging that the company should have to pay fees to deliver their content, just as cable and satellite networks do. The startup countered that through a complex set up of antennas and individual hard drive directories, its streams are individual private performances that do not infringe. The question before the court was whether the company's...
Aereo's big day