Analyst: Did Supreme Court just allow Internet companies to call themselves cable operators?

It's not just about Aereo. In its nebulous June 25 ruling against the streaming video company, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to kick the door wide open for Internet-based distributors to deem themselves cable operators under copyright law. As BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield blogs, "Imagine if putting up a single antenna in a given city to retransmit broadcast signals locally (geo-fenced within a DMA) entitled Netflix, Google, Apple, Amazon and/or others to a compulsory license for broadcast signals with de minimis or even no compulsory copyright fees." Read Greenfield's full post here. (sub. req.)

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