By Andrew Feinberg - 05/23/12 09:17 PM EDT
“By providing an antenna to viewers, Aereo does nothing more than make it easier for viewers to access a broadcaster’s free service. By making free TV better Aereo improves and does not disrupt the television industry, and helps carry out the important public goal of preserving the ability of viewers to watch free-to-air TV," the advocates wrote in a brief to the court.
"Copyright protections promote a local broadcasting system that serves tens of millions of Americans every day with high quality news, entertainment, sports and lifeline emergency weather information," Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters, told The Hill. "A plaintiffs' win in this case will ensure the continued availability of this programming to the viewing public."