Aereo in filing admits it doesn't have broadcasters' OK to air material

03/13/2012 | Broadcasting & Cable

Startup Aereo, in response to a lawsuit filed by the parents of ABC, CBS and NBC to stop its use of unlicensed broadcast content, claims it has the right to offer its fee-based video service. Subscribers of the service "do no more than what they were entitled to do" by receiving local signals with an antenna, making copies for their own use and playing the recorded materials at home, according to Aereo's response. However, Aereo also concedes "it received no written authorization or written consent from Plaintiffs to exercise any exclusive rights Plaintiffs may own in copyrighted works."

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