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Court Opinion: WNET, Thirteen v. Aereo, Inc.; Am. Broad. Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.

Court Opinion: WNET, Thirteen v. Aereo, Inc.; Am. Broad. Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.

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12-2786-cv; 12-2807-cvWNET, Thirteen v. Aereo, Inc.; Am. Broad. Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.
1
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
2
FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT
345August Term, 201267(Argued: November 30, 2012 Decided: April 1, 2013)8910Docket Nos. 12-2786-cv, 12-2807-cv1112- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -X1314WNET,
 
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1011Appeal from an order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New12 York (Nathan,
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) denying Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction barring Defendant Aereo13from transmitting recorded broadcast television programs to its subscribers while the programs are14airing on broadcast television. The district court correctly concluded that Aereos system is not15materially distinguishable from the system upheld in
Cartoon Network LP, LLLP v. CSC Holdings,
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Inc.
, 536 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2008). We therefore AFFIRM the order of the district court.1718 Judge C
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MITH
, Steven B. Fabrizio, Scott B. Wilkens,21Matthew E. Price, Jenner & Block LLP, Washington, DC;22Richard L. Stone, Amy M. Gallegos, Jenner & Block23LLP, Los Angeles, CA,
for Plaintiffs-Appellants WNET,
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, Jeffrey P. Cunard, Michael R. Potenza,27Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY,
for
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Plaintiffs-Appellants Am. Broad. Cos., Inc., et al.
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, John C. Englander, Mark S. Puzella,31 Yvonne W Chan, Erin M. Michael, Goodwin Procter32LLP, Boston, MA; Michael S. Elkin, Thomas P. Lane,33Winston & Strawn LLP, New York, NY; Seth D.34Greenstein, Constantine Cannon LLP, Washington, DC;35 Jennifer A. Golinveaux, Winston & Strawn LLP, San36Francisco, CA,
for Defendant-Appellee
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 The Honorable John Gleeson, United States District Court for the Eastern District oNew York, sitting by designation.2
 
Robert Alan Garrett, Lisa S. Blatt, Stephen M. Marsh, R.1Stanton Jones, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC,2
for amici curiae National Basketball Association, NBA
3
Media Ventures, LLC, NBA Properties, Inc., National
4
Football League, National Hockey League, Office of the
5
Commissioner of Baseball, and MLB Advanced Media,
6
L.P. in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants
.78Kelly M. Klaus, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Los9Angeles, CA; Samantha Dulaney, I.A.T.S.E. In House10Counsel, New York, NY; Duncan W. Crabtree-Ireland,11Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, SAG-12AFTRA, Los Angeles, CA; Anthony R. Segall, Rothner,13Segall & Greenstone, Pasadena, CA; Susan Cleary, Vice14President & General Counsel, Independent Film &15 Television Alliance, Los Angeles, CA,
for amici curiae
16
Paramount Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros.
17
Entertainment Inc., Directors Guild of America, Inc.,
18
Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture
19
 Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United
20
States, Its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC,
21
Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television
22
and Radio Artists, Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.,
23
Independent Film & Television Alliance, Lions Gate
24
Entertainment, Inc., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
25
Inc. in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants
.2627Robert A. Long, Matthew S. DelNero, Daniel Kahn,28Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC,
for amici
29
curiae The National Association of Broadcasters, The
30
ABC Television Affiliates Association, The CBS
31
 Television Network Affiliates Association, The NBC
32
 Television Affiliates, and The Fox Television Affiliates
33
Association in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants
.3435 Jeffrey A. Lamken, Robert K. Kry, MoloLamken LLP,36Washington, DC,
for amicus curiae Cablevision Systems
37
Corporation in support of Plaintiffs-Appellants
.3839Steven J. Metalitz, Eric J. Schwartz, J. Matthew Williams,40Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, Washington, DC; Paul41V. LiCalsi, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, New42 York, NY,
for amici curiae The American Society of 
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