Aereo Inc. is looking to Congress to keep its online television-streaming service running after the U.S. Supreme Court dealt it a crippling blow last week, telling its backers to “raise your hands and make your voices heard” by lawmakers.
In an open letter to supporters on Tuesday, Aereo chief executive officer Chet Kanojia directed them to contact their members of Congress through ProtectMyAntenna.org, which the company set up to fight for “your right to use the antenna of your choice to access live free-to-air broadcasts, including the ability to use a cloud-based antenna.”
The Supreme Court on June 25 ruled that Aereo violated the copyrights of major television broadcast networks by retransmitting programs to its customers’ Internet devices for a fee. The 6-3 decision effectively killed Aereo’s business, which relies on computer servers and thousands of dime-sized antennas to deliver broadcast television to its customers. The company on June 28 announced that it had temporarily suspended its service as it reviews the court’s decision and determines its next steps.
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