Aereo, the online TV startup that streams over-the-air broadcasts via tiny, individual antennas, said Monday it will launch in San Antonio on Feb. 19. The company, which launched in New York in 2012, had hoped to expand to 22 total cities in the US last year, but plans have been held back by technological foibles, as well as mounting legal battles. With San Antonio, it will be in 12 cities, comprising NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, and Cincinnati. Related stories Hate your cable company? Superfast, wireless Internet is coming What is Project Decibel? Everything we know about this mystery startup from the founder of Aereo Aereo bankruptcy auction fetches less than $2 million The biggest tech turkeys of 2014 Tech's biggest flops and gaffes in 2014 (pictures) Last week, Chief Executive Chet Kanojia confirmed a report that Aereo had run out of capacity for new members in New York, coming shortly before two of the biggest … [Read more...] about Sold out in New York, Aereo to expand to San Antonio
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SEBASTOPOL, Calif.--From a corner of a nondescript office building at the edge of wine country, Carl Malamud is masterminding an electronic guerrilla war against governments across the nation. Most geeks tend to be a bit obsessive, and Malamud is no exception. He's devoted his life to liberating laws, regulations, court cases, and the other myriad detritus that governments produce daily, but often lock up in proprietary databases or allow for-profit companies to sell for princely sums. "One of the most important products our government makes is information," said the 49-year-old tech activist, who created a Lego animation to buttress his point. "We forget the important role of the government in producing these vast databases of information. That to me is infrastructure no different from electrical lines or roads." Malamud's solution typically has been to create a proof-of-concept Web site, with the hopes of embarrassing government entities into building that infrastructure … [Read more...] about Tech activist takes on governments over ‘copyrighted’ laws
NEW YORK--Lawyers representing the four largest music labels tried to convey a message in court here today: Lime Wire founder Mark Gorton was so determined to help people pirate songs that he disregarded copyright law, artists' rights, and even the Supreme Court. And eventually, Gorton conceded. The best that he could offer for an excuse was that he misread the law. "I was wrong," Gorton told the court. "I didn't think our behavior was inducing [copyright infringement]. I understand that a court has found otherwise." In numerous exchanges with Glenn Pomerantz, the labels' lead attorney, Gorton acknowledged knowing that LimeWire was being used to swap songs without paying for them by a "large percentage" of users. Despite being aware of the piracy, Gorton said he refused to shut down the service. "I was wrong. I didn't think our behavior was inducing (copyright infringement). I understand that a court has found otherwise." --Mark Gorton The copyright case brought in 2006 against … [Read more...] about Lime Wire founder on copyright law: ‘I was wrong’
In another victory for Aereo, the controversial TV-over-the-Web startup, a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to rehear an earlier decision allowing the service to continue in the New York City area. The result was widely expected, as success in these kinds of petitions is rare, legal experts and industry watchers told CNET. Attention now turns to the main trial in this case to determine whether Aereo's service oversteps copyright law, as well as other suits elsewhere that the media industry is pitting against Aereo and Aereo-like services. Aereo, which isbacked by IAC Chairman Barry Diller, uses antenna/DVR technology to let consumers watch live, local, over-the-air television broadcasts on some Internet-connected devices, including the iPad and iPhone. That capability provoked a lawsuit from TV broadcast giants including NBC, ABC, Fox, and CBS (the parent of CNET), which allege that the service violates their copyrights and that Aereo must pay them retransmission fees. … [Read more...] about In another Aereo win, court refuses to rehear New York case
The acquittal of a Norwegian programmer charged with breaking Hollywood's DVD encryption scheme could lend new urgency to the entertainment industry's efforts to enact tougher global copyright laws. News.contextWhat's new: Bottom line: More stories on this topic Norwegian authorities tried Jon Johansen on criminal charges for writing a software tool that can be used to overcome anticopying technology built into most commercial DVDs. On Monday, an appeals court threw out the government's case, agreeing with a lower court that Johansen had done nothing wrong under Norwegian law. Even before the Norway case was filed, however, entertainment industry lobbyists had been pressing lawmakers in that country and elsewhere to enact tougher copyright laws, modeled on controversial U.S. legislation that makes it easier for authorities to win prison terms for people who crack encryption schemes or distribute cracking tools. If enacted, proposed legislation in Europe, Canada, Australia and … [Read more...] about Will DVD acquittal mean tougher copyright laws?