The US Supreme Court is asked to issue a final opinion on several thousand cases per year. Each case has risen up through federal or state appeals courts. Unfortunately for most litigants, the court only hears arguments for and decides fewer than 100 cases per year. American Broadcasting Cos Inc v. Aereo Inc involves the startup technology company Aereo; television networks ABC, CBS, and NBC; and a number of other television studios and networks. The dispute is focusing on two sections of the Copyright Act. In Section 106(4), the act says that copyright owners, in this case the content providers or the broadcasters that own or license content, have an exclusive right "to perform the copyrighted work publicly." The Supreme Court expects to issue a decision in midsummer.
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