SCOTUSblog: ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.
|Aereo's array of dime-sized antennas.|
Issue: The question before the Court is whether a company “publicly performs” a copyrighted television program when it retransmits a broadcast of that program to thousands of paid subscribers over the Internet.
Holding: In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo performs petitioners’ works publicly within the meaning of the Transmit Clause. The practical impact of this decision is that Aereo's business model is illegal.