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Ars Technica: Aereo: So, we’re a cable company, right? US Copyright Office: Um, no
2014-07-17 9:31am -07:00T Visit Ars Technica


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TV-over-the-Internet startup Aereo has one last legal argument it's going to use to try to keep itself alive, but it failed to gain any traction at the US Copyright Office.

The Supreme Court ruled against Aereo last month, saying the company can't keep using arrays of tiny antennas to justify its streaming of TV broadcasts over the Internet. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court found that Aereo looks too much like a cable company to re-broadcast for free.

In a last-ditch effort, Aereo has tried to embrace the ruling, offering to pay the state-set retransmission fees that cable companies must pay to copyright holders. The retransmission fees are low, around one percent of revenue for a cable company.

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