Amicus Brief – American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc.
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CEI and ICLE filed a joint amicus brief in the Aereo case, which the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear in late April. The brief argues that federal copyright laws protect ABC and other owners of broadcast television programs from unauthorized, uncompensated retransmissions, including those made by Aereo to its paying subscribers. This case implicates not only broadcast television, but also nearly all audiovisual works publicly distributed free of charge, whether initially transmitted over cable television or the Internet.