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TechAmerica Applauds Supreme Court's Narrow Focus in ABC vs. Aereo

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WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, issued the following statement regarding the ABC vs. Aereo decision in which the Supreme Court overturned the Second Circuit's ruling and found that Aereo's business model violates copyright law because it performs copyrighted works publicly under the Transmit Clause of the Copyright Act.

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While the case dealt specifically with Aereo's retransmission of broadcast signals, it had broader implications for other technologies, particularly cloud computing. The information technology (IT) industry was concerned that a ruling against Aereo could broaden the definition of a "public performance" under copyright law to include accessing copyrighted works through a cloud computing service. The Court, however, narrowed their decision to exclude cloud computing providers by clarifying that, unlike cloud computing users, Aereo's users don't own the underlying works they are accessing.

"We applaud the Supreme Court for issuing a narrow decision today in the Aereo case that does not implicate emerging technologies like cloud computing," said Elizabeth Hyman, executive vice president, TechAmerica. "A broader decision expanding the definition of 'public performance' under the Copyright Act to include accessing copyrighted material through a cloud computing service could have proved disastrous for the industry. We thank the Court for considering new technologies in their decision today and for understanding the damage that could have resulted had the case been decided differently. We hope that they continue emerging technologies into consideration in future decisions as well."

About TechAmerica
TechAmerica is the public sector and public policy department of CompTIA, advocating before decision-makers at the state, federal and international levels of government. Representing technology companies of all sizes, TechAmerica is committed to expanding market opportunities and driving the competitiveness of the U.S. technology industry around the world. With offices on Capitol Hill and in Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley and Europe, as well as regional offices around the U.S., we deliver our members top-tier business intelligence and networking opportunities on a global scale. Learn more about TechAmerica at www.techamerica.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Learn more about CompTIA, the ICT industry trade association, at www.comptia.org.

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