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Watching TV on Internet-Connected Devices

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Should you be able to watch your favorite broadcast television programs on your iPhone or PC with the aid of a third-party provider's equipment? Aereo thinks the answer is yes and has designed a system to accomplish this task.

ABC, several other networks, and some broadcast television stations think not. They have sued Aereo for copyright infringement, claiming that Aereo is commercially retransmitting their works to subscribers in violation of the public performance right of copyright law.


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