Score sheet: Aereo and FilmOn X versus the broadcasters
Aereo will face the broadcasters accusing it of copyright infringement in the Supreme Court on April 22. But how did the online streaming service and its rival FilmOn X (formerly known as Aereokiller) fare in the lower courts?
The US Supreme Court will
hear arguments on Tuesday about whether online TV service Aereo
violates broadcasters’ copyrights in ABC v
Aereo, a case that has united bitter online streaming
rivals and high-tech companies against broadcasters and the
Rival streaming service FilmOn X, which has recently been
involved in similar litigation with broadcasters, filed
briefin support of Aereo – despite
the past differencesits CEO
Alki David has had with Aereo funder Barry
In that brief, the company
– formerly known as Aereokiller – argued that
Aereo and FilmOn X "further an important government interest by
providing access to free over-the-air broadcasting" and that
the Second Circuit was correct in concluding that Aereo merely
enables private performance. But it said that,
alternatively, the Supreme Court should force broadcasters to
issue services such as FilmOn X and Aereo with compulsory
licenses under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.
Below is a round-up of lower court decisions related to the
You can read our preview of oral arguments for ABC v Aereo here and our profile of the lawyers
arguing the case here.