Public interest groups Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with lobbying group the Consumer Electronics Association, urged the court to look at the case strictly as a study of copyright law.
"The legal question is just this: Does Aereo’s technology make public performances according to the words of the Copyright Act?" the groups said. "The Second Circuit answered this question correctly, ﬁnding that Aereo’s system of personal antennas and video streams allows individuals to make non-public transmissions of free broadcast channels that they may already access in their private homes independent of anything Aereo does. This Court should do the same."