Transcript for US Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo
I'm Michelle Franzen in New York developing now a huge decision just handed down from the Supreme Court. That could affect the future of commercial broadcasting as we know it. The big four networks including ABC all want to stop the company -- from being able to snatch the three. Over the air signals. Making them available to people who want to watch them on their mobile devices for a monthly fee. ABC correspondent Terry Moran a standing by live outside the Supreme Court right now with more on the decision Terry. Michelle this is a huge decision your right and a huge victory for the major broadcast networks AB CNBC fox PBS they were all in this case and more television you know the telemundo and Univision. Because what -- was doing. They felt was threatening their very business model -- you point out. Aerial has antennas. Stored in a warehouse. Each individual consumer could basically turn on one of those antennas and stream. Network television on to their iPhone there I've had their computer for a fee paid to -- You can get the Super Bowl Dancing With The Stars your favorite sitcom what ever and the networks looked at that he said. -- is basically stealing these programs which we have a -- right over. On the pretense that each person has their own individual antenna. Which belongs -- aerial and so it's not really like they're stealing well this record cleared all this up today by saying in that emphatic six to three decision. -- that aerial had a clever contraption that nevertheless violated copyright law if you're gonna take someone's work. And transmitted to the public you've got to pay -- copyright whether you're producing a play or reproducing a book or. Broadcasting essentially the Super Bowl. And what the Supreme Court said was area's business plan was trying to make an end run around that fundamental principle of law that you pay. People who own the copyright before you put it out to the public. -- lost big and what this does is essentially protect them with the broadcasters. And copyright holders going -- And Terry we know that this sort of the wild wild west technology wise with all the technology out there how does this affect aerial and other businesses moving forward. What areas business model is now -- -- they can't do this anymore how they're going to figure out. How they continue this business is is hard to see. What they were claiming and what remains to be seen is what impact does this decision. Which stopped aerial from doing this have on what they call cloud computing. Businesses like Dropbox for instance where you'll. Where you'll have materials. That are stored out remotely in the crowd cloud like -- DVR say it's. Nodding your home but out on -- server somewhere else. Does this decision kill those businesses to. And what the court said is we'll answer that question when it's presented to -- properly if it ever is right now those businesses are safe. It's aerial. Which tried to construct a business model that might wind its way through copyright law which -- now been handed a loss that could end its business. Chairman Terry Moran outside -- Supreme Court thank you very much for joining us and for clarifying. The supreme court's decision. This has been an ABC news digital special report keep up with that story in real time. I downloaded the ABC news -- and starring the story for exclusive updates on the go. For now I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.
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