Aereo, Disruptive Technology, and Statutory Interpretation

3 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2014

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Peter S. Menell

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

David Nimmer

Irell & Manella LLP

Date Written: June 26, 2014

Abstract

The Aereo case presented two fundamental showdowns: one between the cable industry and a charismatic disruptive technology and the other between textualists and jurists seeking to vindicate legislative intent. Much of the media attention surrounding the case focused on the former. But it was the latter that proved decisive, and rightfully so. This commentary explores why.

Keywords: Copyright, Public Performance Right, Statutory Interpretation, Broadcasting, Cable Television, Textualism

Suggested Citation

Menell, Peter S. and Nimmer, David, Aereo, Disruptive Technology, and Statutory Interpretation (June 26, 2014). UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2459312. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2459312 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2459312

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