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Aereo Opinion Leaves Open Questions for Cloud Computing

The US Supreme Court issued its decision in ABC v. Aereo today, holding that Aereo’s Internet-based television service publicly performs copyrighted works by allowing users to tune in over the Internet. “The stakes in this case went well beyond television. The court heard that message, and responded with an opinion that attempts to limit its application to TV. In doing…

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The Future of Broadcast Television

In ABC v. Aereo, the Supreme Court is considering whether a new technology, one that relies on cloud computing to store programming, violates the Copyright Act. Parties on both sides are warning of the huge economic consequences that could come from the court’s ruling. “One thing that came through from the oral argument was the justices seemed quite…

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The Kojo Nnamdi Show: The Battle Over Broadcast TV, Aereo at the Supreme Court

David Sohn discusses the implications a Supreme Court ruling in the Aereo case could have on broadcast TV.  A company that makes dime-sized antennas faced off against the country’s largest TV broadcasters last week in a Supreme Court case that could have far-ranging implications for broadcast TV, Internet cloud storage and cable television. Tech Tuesday explores how the Supreme Court’s…

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CBS: ABC v. Aereo: Will the Supreme Court change the way we watch TV?

David Sohn, CDT General Counsel and Director of Digital Copyright, speaks with CBS reporters on the issues at stake in the ABC v. Aereo case. CDT filed a brief with the Supreme Court, urging them to consider the impact court rulings can have on the cloud computing industry. Back in 1982, Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti employed…

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For July 4, a Declaration of Internet Freedom

On Jan. 18 of this year, the Internet went dark. In protest against overreaching copyright legislation that endangered the open architecture of the Internet, online services like Wikipedia and Reddit, along with 115,000 other websites, participated in an Internet-wide “blackout” to educate Internet users about the threat to net freedom. Thanks to the joint efforts of free…

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Who Really Was Behind the SOPA Protests?

Some critics have blamed Silicon Valley tech firms for the massive online protests last month against two controversial copyright bills. Other groups have trumpeted the grassroots nature of the protests. The first narrative, that giant tech companies drove the uprising, has little basis in fact, according to several people who helped organize the protest. The second storyline, that the protests…

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Internet Blackout!

“The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” It’s been more than 18 years since John Gilmore offered up his famous explanation of why the Internet is the most powerful tool for free speech ever invented. That’s long enough for an entire generation of Wikipedia-using, Etsy-shopping, Reddit-browsing and Facebook-sharing Internet users to be born, raised and apply to…

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