The Consumer Electronics Assn., which filed a joint brief with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and Engine Advocacy, argued that the broadcasters were seeking a “copyright expansion” to cover new, potentially disruptive technology. The organizations said that Congress in 1976 “did not foresee that TV viewers would be able to transmit signals over over a communications medium like the Internet for their own personal use.”

“Copyright law has never assigned all commercially valuable uses of creative works to rightsholders; many have always been reserved to the public,” the organizations said in their brief. “This creates breathing space for technological and business innovation by entrepreneurs who have no affiliation with rightsholders. As history shows, that leads in turn to new markets for creative work, increasing both rewards for authors and access to creative works in the long term.”

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