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Media Institute President Expresses Strong Support
For Supreme Court Ruling in Aereo Case


FOR RELEASE: June 25, 2014

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
703-243-5700

 

Arlington, Va., Jun. 25, 2014 – Media Institute President Patrick Maines expressed great satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s decision today in the Aereo case, which found that Aereo illegally distributed broadcasters’ copyrighted content without paying for it.  Maines said in a statement:

“Aereo was using technology, in this case thousands of dime-sized antennas, in a blatant attempt to circumvent copyright law and to profit from broadcasters’ content without compensating them.

“The Supreme Court has struck a strong blow in support of our copyright system.  The Court has affirmed that technological schemes cannot be used as loopholes to avoid paying for copyrighted content.”

The Media Institute had filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court supporting the broadcasters’ position.  The brief was written by Prof. Rodney A. Smolla of the Duke University School of Law, who is a member of the Institute’s intellectual property and First Amendment advisory councils.  The brief can be viewed on The Media Institute’s website at www.mediainstitute.org.

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