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Aereo Petition With Appendix

Aereo Petition With Appendix

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No. ______
I
N THE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
 ___________ 
A
MERICAN
B
ROADCASTING
C
OMPANIES
,
 
I
NC
.;
 
D
ISNEY
E
NTERPRISES
,
 
I
NC
.;
 
CBS
 
B
ROADCASTING
I
NC
.;
 
CBS
 
S
TUDIOS
I
NC
.;
 
NBCU
NIVERSAL
M
EDIA
,
 
LLC;
 
NBC
 
S
TUDIOS
,
 
LLC;
 
U
NIVERSAL
N
ETWORK
T
ELEVISION
,
 
LLC;
 
T
ELEMUNDO
N
ETWORK
G
ROUP
LLC;
 
WNJU–TV
 
B
ROADCASTING
LLC;
 
WNET;
 
THIRTEEN
 
P
RODUCTIONS
,
 
LLC;
 
F
OX
T
ELEVISION
S
TATIONS
,
 
I
NC
.;
 
T
WENTIETH
C
ENTURY
F
OX
F
ILM
C
ORPORATION
;
 
WPIX,
 
LLC;
 
U
NIVISION
T
ELEVISION
G
ROUP
,
 
I
NC
.;
 
T
HE
U
NIVISION
N
ETWORK
L
IMITED
P
ARTNERSHIP
;
AND
P
UBLIC
B
ROADCASTING
S
ERVICE
 
Petitioners,
v.A
EREO
,
 
I
NC
.,
F
 / 
K
 / 
A
B
AMBOOM
L
ABS
,
 
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NC
.,
Respondent.
 ___________On Petition for Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit___________
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI
___________Paul M. Smith
*
 Matthew E. Price J
ENNER
&
 
B
LOCK
LLP1099
 
New York Ave. NWSuite 900Washington, DC 20001(202) 639-6060psmith@jenner.comPaul D. Clement
Counsel of Record
Erin E. MurphyB
ANCROFT
PLLC1919
 
M
 
Street NWSuite 470Washington, DC 20036(202) 234-0090pclement@bancroftpllc.com
 Additional Counsel Information on Inside Cover 
 
 
Richard L. Stone
*
Amy M. Gallegos J
ENNER
&
 
B
LOCK
LLP633 West 5th StreetLos Angeles, CA 90071(213) 239-5100Bruce P. Keller
 Jeffrey P. CunardD
EBEVOISE
&
 
P
LIMPTON
LLP919 Third Avenue31st FloorNew York, NY 10022(212) 909-6000
*
 
Counsel for Petitioners WNET; THIRTEEN Productions,LLC; Fox Television Stations, Inc.; Twentieth Century FoxFilm Corporation; WPIX, LLC; Univision TelevisionGroup, Inc.; The Univision Network Limited Partnership;and Public Broadcasting Service.
 
 
Counsel for Petitioners American Broadcasting Compa-nies, Inc.; Disney Enterprises, Inc.; CBS Broadcasting Inc.;CBS Studios Inc.; NBCUniversal Media, LLC; NBC Stu-dios, LLC; Universal Network Television, LLC; TelemundoNetwork Group LLC; and WNJU–TV Broadcasting LLC.
 
 
i
QUESTION PRESENTED
A copyright holder possesses the exclusive right “toperform the copyrighted work publicly.” 17 U.S.C.§106(4). In the Copyright Act of 1976, Congress de-fined the phrase “[t]o perform … ‘publicly’” to include,among other things, “to transmit or otherwise commu-nicate a performance or display of the work … to thepublic, by means of any device or process, whether themembers of the public capable of receiving the perfor-mance or display receive it in the same place or in sepa-rate places and at the same time or at different times.”
Id.
§101. Congress enacted that provision with the ex-press intent to bring within the scope of the public-performance right services that retransmit over-the-airtelevision broadcasts to the public. Respondent Aereooffers just such a service. Aereo captures over-the-airtelevision broadcasts and, without obtaining authoriza-tion from or compensating anyone, retransmits thatprogramming to tens of thousands of members of thepublic over the Internet for a profit. According to theSecond Circuit, because Aereo sends each of its sub-scribers an individualized transmission of a perfor-mance from a unique copy of each copyrighted pro-gram, it is not transmitting performances “to the pub-lic,” but rather is engaged in tens of thousands of “pri-vate” performances to paying strangers.The question presented is:Whether a company “publicly performs” a copy-righted television program when it retransmits abroadcast of that program to thousands of paid sub-scribers over the Internet.

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