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Bye Bye Aereo, For Now 93

Posted by timothy
from the boston-strangler-argument-sometimes-wins dept.
An anonymous reader writes It didn't take long for Aereo to deal with the realities of the U.S. Supreme Court decision. As of 11:30am EDT today Aereo is suspending operations while they go back to U.S. District Court. In order to keep good will with customers during this time, they are refunding the last month's payment for service. curtwoodward (2147628) writes to point out that the decision which has shut down Aereo for now doesn't mean doom for other cloud services: Don't listen to the trolls---the Supremes were very clear that their ruling only applied to Aereo's livestream and things that look just like it. iCloud, Dropbox and friends are fine.
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Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

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  • Um (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 28, 2014 @12:09PM (#47340825)

    If they simply delay the stream by a tiny amount, even just a few seconds, the decision no longer applies, because then it becomes timeshifting on behalf of the customer, rather than live retransmission. Am I the only one who sees this loophole?I hope not.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 28, 2014 @12:30PM (#47340915)

    Let's be clear on what happened here. The supposedly conservative judges modified an existing law.

    They took the text of the law and decided that something that complied with the letter of the law was still in violation "because".

    Because what? Because they thought that the intent of the legislators when passing the law was to ban this type of arrangement. Perhaps so, but that should not be relevant. What should be relevant is the text of the law. What happened was that the Supreme Court essentially re-wrote the law. But more than this, if any law doesn't mean what the text says it means, how can there be any certainty in society?

    As for the claim that this only applies to Aereo, that is either a deliberate lie or great naiivete by the Supreme Court. Already Fox is attempting to use the ruling against Direct TV.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 28, 2014 @01:03PM (#47341079)

    Why do people waste so much energy on TV?

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