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Aereo hit with Boston lawsuit

July 11, 2013

By Colin Mann

Internet TV service Aereo is facing a further legal action, following copyright complaints filed in New York, its first market roll-out.

Boston’s WCVB-TV has filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Boston, alleging that Aereo is violating federal copyright law by rebroadcasting the station’s Channel 5’s programming without permission. “Aereo’s business and technology stand in violation of, and threaten to undermine, the carefully balanced statutory and regulatory scheme set up for the broadcast industry,” says the complaint. Boston became Aereo’s second market mid-May.

The New York courts have permitted the company to continue operating until the copyright dispute is resolved.



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