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Feds Now Oppose Aereo, Rejecting Cloud Apocalypse Argument 140

v3rgEz writes "TV streaming service Aereo expected broadcasters would put up a fight. The startup may not have seen the Justice Department as a threat, however. The Justice Department has now weighed in, saying in a filing that it's siding with major broadcasters who accuse Aereo of stealing TV content. In its filing, the Justice Department noted it doesn't believe a win for broadcasters would dismantle the precedent that created the cloud computing industry, as Aereo has previously claimed. The case is expected to go before the Supreme Court in late April."
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Feds Now Oppose Aereo, Rejecting Cloud Apocalypse Argument

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 04, 2014 @11:03PM (#46404625)

    OK how about this.

    If I buy a DVR and antenna and put it on my roof am I in the right? - Yep
    Ok, rent a DVR and antenna and put them on my roof? - I think we can both agree yes.
    OK, rent a DVR and antenna, and whenever I want them they get mailed to me, I put them on my roof and when I am done I mail them back? NO guarantee I get the same antenna or DVR, but I think we still agree this is ok?

    What if I rent a DVR and antenna, and rent some space at my neighbours house to store them. And run a long thick HDMI cable over the fence to plug the whole thing into my TV. Am I ok now??

    OK; I get sick of the long cable I am running over the fence, and replace it with an ethernet cable, and use a PVR that has a web interface. - Still OK?

    OK, I replace the ethernet cable with 2 wireless routers, both of which I am renting - still ok?

    OK, so I get sick of using the wireless routers, and instead plug it into my neighbours internet connection, and use a point to point encrypted VPN link between my neighbours house and my house. Have I gone too far yet?

    OK I got sick of maintaining the VPN link, and just put a password on it. Still good?

    My neighbour sells his house to a DATACentre company and builds a datacentre on his plot of land, but dont worry cause I just ask them if I can keep renting that space and go back to my wireless routers solution. How am I going here?

    OK, finally, I got sick of my wireless routers again, and once more plug into the datacentres internet connection. Is this legal?

    Remember; every time I am done watching TV I ask the neighbour to return the antenna to the rental place. and when I want to watch it again he goes and picks one up from the rental place.

    Which part of the above is where I started going wrong? When did what I do become a public performance?

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