Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Internet Copyright Infringement Is Now More Clear

In American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., the US Supreme Court ruled that Aereo's transmission of over-the-air broadcasts to its network of paid subscribers constituted a public performance of copyrighted works owned by ABC within the meaning of the Copyright Act’s “Transmit Clause” (17 U.S.C. § 101), thereby infringing ABC’s exclusive right to perform its copyrighted works publicly. 

This ruling infers that the transmission of any other copyrighted materials (articles, images, songs…) over the Internet to paid subscribers would constitute infringement of the copyright owner's rights.

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