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AEREO IS STRUCK DOWN AGAIN

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Aereo is running out of legal alternatives. On Thursday a federal judge rejected the streaming company’s latest argument — that since the Supreme Court had ruled that it operated like a cable company, then it should be entitled to a "compulsory license." However, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan likened Aereo’s argument to an attempt to "turn lemons into lemonade" and was "unavailing." The judge granted broadcasters a preliminary injunction, handing Aereo another legal setback. The service is still not out of legal options, however. Its next next best hope is a new ruling by the U.S. Copyright Office or the Federal Communications Commission that would give it the status of an MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) — making it, in effect, the equivalent of a cable company.