By Brett Kendall
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider the legality of online-video service Aereo Inc., a high-stakes copyright case that has the potential to upend the television industry.
The court, in a brief written order, said it would hear an appeal by the nation's four major broadcasters and others who are trying to shut down the Aereo service, which allows fee-paying subscribers to stream local TV stations' signals over the web.
The broadcasters, including Walt Disney Co.'s (DIS) ABC, Comcast Corp.'s (CMCSA) NBC, CBS Corp. (CBS) and 21st Century Fox (NWSA) , say Aereo violates federal copyright law by retransmitting their broadcasts without permission.
"There is no dispute that Aereo has developed a business model around the massive, for-profit exploitation of the copyrighted works of others, " the broadcasters said in their petition to the Supreme Court.
Aereo, whose backers include media mogul Barry Diller, says its service makes it easier for viewers to access over-the-air broadcasts that they have the right to watch for free. The company says its technology is the functional equivalent of consumers using an antenna and digital video recorder to watch broadcasts at the time of their choosing.
(An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ:com http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303754404579312803361479842?mod=mktw.)
-Brett Kendall; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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