April 12, 2012 | By Mitch Stoltz

Aereo Customers In NYC: EFF Needs Your Input

New Yorkers: Worried about whether you will have a right to watch local TV broadcasts on your Internet devices? Aereo is a company that lets users watch their local channels by renting a dime-sized antenna at Aereo's facility - one per customer. The signal from that antenna gets sent over the Internet to a single user. In effect, the company moves the "rabbit ears" antenna from the top of your TV set to a central facility. Aereo, like the VCR, the DVR, and many other video technologies, simply lets people watch the TV shows they already have a legal right to watch at different places and times, and on different devices.  And just like they did with many of those technologies, copyright owners are suing to shut it down.  Aereo is being sued by TV networks and stations who claim that providing antennas to individual TV watchers in their home city is a "public performance" that infringes copyright.

EFF wants to hear from Aereo customers as we explore how to keep broadcast TV free.  If you are an Aereo customer, live in New York City, and want your voice heard, please send EFF an email at aereocustomers@eff.org. Tell us about how you use Aereo and why you think it should stay legal. The public airwaves belong to you - help us protect your right to access them when and how you choose.


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