NEW YORK — A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a ruling that lets a start-up company offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters.
The 2d Circuit Court of Appeals refused Tuesday to review the decision made by a court panel that favored Aereo Inc.
But in a dissent, Judge Denny Chin said the 2d Circuit ‘‘eviscerates the Copyright Act’’ by letting the company stream over-the-air broadcasts to Internet subscribers at low cost.
Broadcasters say they are considering further appeals. Aereo was pleased with the court decision.
Last week, Boston’s Channel 5 filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Boston, charging that Aereo is violating federal copyright law by rebroadcasting 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,” the complaint says.
If Aereo is ultimately allowed to rebroadcast network shows without paying, it could lead cable companies to also refuse to pay retransmission fees.
Several networks have warned that the loss of these fees could drive broadcasters out of business; CBS and Fox have threatened to offer their shows only via cable and satellite systems if Aereo wins.