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Supreme Court Debates Aereo's Fate

Justices seemed to be looking for a way ban Aereo without causing collateral damage to cloud computing.

US Supreme Court
 (Image: Duncan Lock via Wikipedia Commons)
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(Image: Duncan Lock via Wikipedia Commons)

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danielcawrey
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4/23/2014 | 1:22:05 PM
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I think that the biggest differentiator here is that Aereo is piping content that they don't have the right to redistribute. With cloud computing, sure, the hardware is being provided by someone else. A third party. But that third party isn't actively trying to circumvent content restrictions.

I believe that most terms of service make clear that ownership of data is the user's although a provider can enforce copyright or other violations if it needs to.
Thomas Claburn
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4/23/2014 | 2:51:13 PM
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But is Aereo really redistributing TV content? If it's leasing antennas to subscribers, the subscribers are pulling the content from the public airwaves and storing it in Aereo's cloud service. Would it be any different if Aereo's antennas were on customers' houses? 
smitchell336
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4/24/2014 | 5:02:32 PM
A decade since the Music industry digital transition, and the television industry still doesn't get it?
 

We could argue the merits of both sides of this case down the finest of details, but that all seems so trivial in the big picture. It seems that the television industry is just trying to stave off the inevitable, a digital revolution.

Other forms of media have struggled against it at first. Newspaper, magazine, book publishers, music and movie industries, eventually and reluctantly accepted the digital format as if it was some sort of 'necessary evil'. Unfortunately for them, they truly lost out on many things, not just the digital 'battle'. They lost credibility with consumers, untold expenses in court costs, and multitudes more in lost revenue from missed opportunity.

My advice to the television industry: strike now while the iron is still hot and go digital, full on, all the way. Many years of missed opportunity have already elapsed, yet the window of opportunity is still open. Take from the lessons learned by other media industries, turn out your deep pockets, invest in and fully embrace the digital transition, and get ready. Your subsciber base will expand beyond anyone with a tv and a cable box to nearly everyone on the planet with a smart phone, tablet or computer.

 
Thomas Claburn
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4/24/2014 | 5:37:04 PM
Re: A decade since the Music industry digital transition, and the television industry still doesn't get it?
>My advice to the television industry: strike now while the iron is still hot and go digital, full on, all the way. 

 

That's good advice. The media companies not doing this will probably end up being bought in fire sale by some YouTube production company a decade hence.
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