Aereo gets 1 of 3 claims dismissed in copyright infringement case

Startup online video service provider Aereo saw one of the claims brought against it by a group of broadcasters dismissed on Monday by a federal judge, but the company is not yet out of the woods.

Aereo antenna

Aereo's dime-sized antenna.

Aereo faces two more claims of copyright infringement in the lawsuit brought by News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA)-owned Fox, PBS, Univision and other broadcast companies, BusinessWeek reported. A separate lawsuit brought by ABC, CBS, NBC and other broadcasters is also on the table.

The claim dismissed by U.S. District Court of New York Judge Alison Nathan alleged unfair competition. Nathan said that the claim was pre-empted by the Copyright Act.

Aereo began streaming local broadcast TV signals over the Internet to residents in New York City in March, charging subscribers $12 a month. An array of dime-sized antennas receive broadcast signals and send them to subscribers through data storage devices and web servers; subscribers watch the shows on their connected devices such as iPads, mobile phones, or DVRs.

The Fox-led lawsuit was filed March 1, asking for a permanent injunction against the streaming video provider.

Copyright attorney David Hosp, who helped Cablevision win a landmark network DVR ruling, is representing Aereo in this case.

For more:
- BusinessWeek has this story
- The Wall Street Journal has this article (sub. req.)

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