Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cloud Broadcast Content Storage Service is Legal

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has refused to shut down Aereo, a service that lets users record live broadcast content in the cloud for later consumption.

A service that lets you record live television programs in the cloud for later replay does not infringe on copyrights and should not be shut down. That’s the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York in a case that pitted the major broadcasters against a tiny startup company that stores content in the cloud.

While the court decision was aimed specifically at Aereo, it would apply to any individual or service that was recording and storing broadcast content in the cloud.
Aereo provides a service that features individual Internet-accessible television receivers, each with its own “antenna” and each with access to cloud storage. Aereo lets subscribers view shows in real time, with a slight delay, or for replay at a later time. Subscribers use Aereo as a way to time shift television shows and as a way to skip commercials, just as they might do with a DVR (digital video recorder) at home.  For complete reading see here  and additional reading see here 

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