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Aereo’s use of TV fare found to break copyright law

The Internet streaming service Aereo is acting illegally when it retransmits television shows that its tiny antennas capture for free, the US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday — a major victory for broadcasters at a time when consumers are rapidly moving away from traditional TV viewing.

By a 6-to-3 vote, the Supreme Court found that Aereo, which was developed in Boston, violates US copyright law when it captures broadcast networks’ shows — without permission and without paying for them — and beams them to its customers’ computers and mobile devices for a fee.

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