3 Count: Aereo Expansion

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1: Aereo Announces Expansion, $38 Million in Financing

First off today, Jenna Wortham and Brian Stelter at The New York Times report that Aereo, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) announced that it will be expanding its service to 22 cities including Austin, Boston, Miami and more.

Aereo drew the ire of TV networks for allowing the streaming, recording and playback of over-the-air television via the Internet. However, broadcasters failed to obtain an injunction against the service when a judge ruled against their request, noting that Aereo’s use of one antennae per customer means that there were no grounds to shut down the service without a full trial.

The TV networks are continuing to press the matter and the legal case is ongoing, but in the meantime Aereo has announced its expansion across the country. Previously, the service was only available in New York and only to new York residents. Aereo charges $8 per month for its service, which allows users to record and playback television transmitted over the air, including all digital networks, though it does not include cable-only networks.

2: Microsoft Loses China Appeal on Font Copyright, Zhongyi Says

Next up today, Bloomberg News reports that Microsoft has lost a three-year battle with the Chinese company Zhongyi Electronic Ltd. over the use of Chinese fonts in more recent versions of Windows.

According to Zhongyi, the Beijing Higher People’s Court upheld a November 2009 ruling that stated Microsoft’s license to Zhongyi’s fonts was not valid for Windows 98, 2000, 2003 and XP Chinese editions as well as multilanguage editions. Microsoft felt that its license was perpetual.

There is no word on damages but there is no expected impact on Microsoft customers as the versions involved are no longer for sale.

3: Will 2013 be the year copyright reformers hit back?

Finally today, Joe Mullin at Ars Technica reports that, at CES, a panel on copyright, which featured prominent proponents of copyright reform, hinted that 2013 may be a big year for a push back against copyright.

According to the panelists, following the defeat of SOPA and PIPA in 2012, reformers are looking to push their agenda in 2013 and that “everything is on the table” including term limits, DMCA reform and more.

The panel did not have anyone from a pro-copyright organization, organizers said that they invited the RIAA and the MPAA but were turned down, however, both organizations indicated that copyright legislation is not on their agenda for the new year.


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