LaFrance on Infringing Internet Transmissions of Television Broadcasts: ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4496 (June 25, 2014) (PDF)

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When does a copyright owner's exclusive public performance right extend to retransmissions of television broadcasts that embody the copyrighted work? The defendant in ABC v. Aereo attempted to distinguish itself from conventional cable television companies by capturing over-the-air television signals on individual antennae dedicated to individual subscribers and then retransmitting the broadcast over the Internet.

 

Mary LaFrance is the IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to joining the Boyd School of Law, Professor LaFrance served on the faculty of the Florida State University College of Law and the Florida State University School of Motion Pictures, Television, and Recording Arts. She is the author of numerous books and law review articles on domestic and international intellectual property law, as well as the taxation of intellectual property. Her books include Intellectual Property Cases and Materials (West 4th ed. 2012) (with David Lange, Gary Myers, and Lee Ann Lockridge), Understanding Trademark Law (Matthew Bender 2d ed. 2009), Copyright Law in a Nutshell (West 2008), Global Issues in Copyright Law (West 2009), and Understanding Intellectual Property Law (Mathew Bender 2011) (with Donald Chisum, Tyler Ochoa, and Shubha Ghosh).

 

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