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TV networks ask Supreme Court to shut down Aereo, service that streams shows

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Aereo, the startup that uses tiny antennas to stream the free signals of TV stations to its customers’ Internet-connected devices for a fee, is stealing from the broadcast networks on a giant scale, the broadcasters claimed in a filing with the Supreme Court on Monday.

“The Copyright Act does not tolerate business models premised on the unauthorized exploitation of the copyrighted works of others,” said the brief, from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and others.

On April 22, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, a case that has significant implications for a television industry undergoing profound changes, as well as challenges from competitors like Netflix and Amazon.

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