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U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE WON’T RECOGNIZE AEREO AS A CABLE SERVICE

July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Copyright Office has handed Aereo yet another setback, rejecting Aereo’s application for a "compulsary license" that allows cable companies to retransmit copyrighted material for a set fee. Aereo’s application followed a 6-3 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which compared Aereo to a cable system. But in a letter to Aereo, the Copyright Office said that it did not qualify as a cable system because it was not regulated as one. Meanwhile, CBS chief Les Moonves says that he would be willing to license its programming to Aereo if Aereo pays for it. He denied a report that he refused to speak to Aereo chief Chet Kanojia about licensing CBS content. "I would have been happy to meet with him," he said. "It’s still open if Chet called tomorrow. I never received a call ever, nor did any other network guy I know of."