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Court backs Internet firm that offers broadcast TV

NEW YORK — An Internet company offering inexpensive live broadcast television feeds to computers, tablets, and smartphones doesn’t violate US copyright law, a divided federal appeals court said Monday.

The 2-to-1 ruling by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for Aereo Inc.’s expansion of its $8-a-month service, which had been limited to New York City until this year. Several weeks ago, the company expanded to New York City suburbs, including New Jersey and parts of Connecticut, and it has announced plans to expand to Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, and 18 other US markets later this year.

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