NEW YORK: A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a ruling that lets a startup company offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters.
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals refused Tuesday to review the decision made by a court panel that favored Aereo Inc.
But in a blistering dissent, Judge Denny Chin said the 2nd Circuit “eviscerates the Copyright Act” by letting the Barry Diller-backed company stream over-the-air broadcasts to Internet subscribers at low cost.
He called Aereo’s system a “sham.”
Chin noted the share price of major media companies dropped when the 2nd Circuit panel ruled April 1.
He said the ruling posed a threat to their major source of revenue.
Broadcasters say they are considering further appeals.
Aereo said it was pleased with the court decision.