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Narrow Supreme Court Decision Could Have Far-Reaching Implications for Public Access Channels

Posted in First Amendment
On its face, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Manhattan Community Access v. Halleck resolved a narrow question about whether a nonprofit public access channel operator was a state actor subject to First Amendment constraints.  But the Court’s opinion may have invited a more critical inquiry into the role that the government plays in regulating… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Sides with Broadcasters, Holding that Aereo Internet TV Service Infringes Public Performance Copyright Rights

Posted in Copyright
In a significant win for broadcasters, today the Supreme Court of the United States declared (6-3) in a broadly-worded ruling that transmissions of television programs by the Aereo Internet television service are “public performances” that infringe copyright owners’ rights under the Copyright Act.  In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. , the Court held that,… Continue Reading