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U.S. Copyright Office: Aereo TV Not a Cable Service

17 Jul, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Regulatory letter another setback for the legally challenged subscription-TV service seeking a cable license

The United States Copyright Office reportedly considers Aereo TV not to be a cable operator — another legal setback for the embattled Internet subscription-TV service seeking to rebrand itself following last month’s adverse ruling by U.S. Supreme Court.

In a July 16 letter obtained by CNBC, the Copyright Office said Aereo’s business model did not fit the characteristics of a cable operator.

“In the view of the Copyright Office, internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 license,” wrote the Copyright Office.

The government agency has not made a final ruling as the case is still in litigation.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled Aereo was not a technology conduit and was in violation of intellectual copyrights when streaming live and recorded TV programming to subscribers without paying for it.

Meanwhile, CBS CEO Les Moonves July 16 said he was willing to talk to Aereo regarding licensing content going forward. CBS was one of the original media companies to file a lawsuit against Aereo.

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