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Broadcast Stations Sue Aereo Over Web TV Plans

The owners of four New York-area TV stations have sued Aereo, the start-up that plans to give users Web access to live broadcast TV. Aereo, which has raised $25 million from backers including Barry Diller’s IAC and venture investors like First Round Capital, has been expecting copyright challenges from the TV industry. It argues that its technology is legal because individual users will be getting streamed TV from their own individual antennas. One of the plaintiffs, Fox Television Stations, is owned by News Corp., which also owns this Web site.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus