Broadcasters Win Against Aereo in Utah District Court

Ruling precedes April 22 Supreme Court oral arguments

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Weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments between broadcasters and Aereo, a district judge in Utah has imposed a preliminary injunction against the streaming TV service.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled that the streaming video service was engaging in copyright infringement, in clear viloation of the 1976 Copyright Act.  

At the conclusion of the Court’s 26-page judgment, Kimball said Fox Broadcasting Co. and local station owners Nexstar and Community Television of Utah were likely to prevail in court over Aereo.

“The court concludes that plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their copyright infringement claims and that plaintiffs will be irreparably harmed if a preliminary injunction does not issue,” Kimball wrote.



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