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Internet TV upstart Aereo goes to court to clear Boston launch

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The controversial Internet TV company Aereo Inc. doesn’t want lawsuits from angry broadcasters to prevent its entry into Boston and other major US markets. So on Monday, Aereo launched a preemptive strike, asking a federal court to rule that its business model is legal.

Aereo, which intercepts over-the-air TV broadcasts and transmits them over the Internet, presently operates only in New York, but is planning to launch its service in Boston May 15.

The company is being sued in New York by several networks who say Aereo’s business practices amount to rampant copyright infringement. Aereo’s latest legal maneuver targets CBS Corp., which has threatened to sue Aereo again if carries out its plan to launch in Boston.

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