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Supreme Court Justices Express Concern Over Scope of Aereo Ruling (TVNewser)
While hearing oral arguments from attorneys representing the broadcast networks and Aereo Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court justices “appeared unsure” how to rule in the case. Reuters Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, could be forced to shut down if the court rules for the companies challenging the startup. A win for Aereo could spur innovation in the television industry by paving the way to new, cheaper ways for consumers to watch shows. A decision is due by the end of June. Bloomberg Hearing arguments Tuesday in Washington, some justices suggested they viewed Aereo as violating broadcaster copyrights by using thousands of dime-sized antennas to get over-the-air signals without paying fees. “There’s no technological reason for you to have 10,000 dime-sized antennas other than to get around the copyright laws?” Chief Justice John Roberts asked. At the same time, the hour-long hearing didn’t clearly indicate the likely outcome, as justices including Stephen Breyer repeatedly asked whether a ruling favoring the broadcasters would imperil the cloud computing business. Variety Some of the justices on Tuesday suggested that they faced a challenge in defining just what Aereo is, and drawing a line on where privately used consumer technology ends and a publicly performing service begins. The Washington Post Aereo argued that its thousands of antennas are essentially rented to subscribers of its $8-a-month service for users to pull programs from the public airwaves legally and then store in Internet server files to watch at their convenience. In that way, it is just a mediator, the company argued, with consumers in control of how they use the company’s antennas and storage files for pulling and recording programs from the airwaves. Most of the arguments, which lasted more than an hour, were focused on the justice’s queries about the definition of public and private performances in copyright law and how Aereo differs from cable, satellite and other Internet video firms that pay broadcasters retransmission and other license fees.

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Politico Pro Launches Education Section

Politico is expanding with Pro Education, the first of three new Pro sections launching by the end of next month. Pro Agriculture and Pro Trade will launch in October. We know you’re excited, but try and remain calm.

Politico Pro Education will be overseen by education editor Nirvi Shah. Other staffers include Stephanie SimonLibby Nelson and Caitlin Emma.

“This team joins our army of the best policy reporters in Washington, working every hallway in Congress, every agency building and every lobbying shop in town,” said Martin Kady, Politico Pro’s editor, in a statement. “Education is a dynamic and exciting policy area, and we plan to bring an aggressive writing and reporting style to our coverage of the hottest education stories in Washington and in state capitals across the country.”

Politico Launches Free, Quarterly Magazine

Politico is launching a free, quarterly magazine featuring past content from Politico Pro, its subscription-based site. Politico Pro covers technology, energy, tax information and more.

According to paidContent, the site’s popularity spurred the decision to launch the magazine. If the numbers are correct, Pro “reaches 7,000 professionals per month and has a renewal rate of 96 percent.”

If more people sign up for Pro because of the magazine, whatever it costs to produce it will be well worth it. It’s difficult to nail down just how much a Pro subscription sets one back, but Nieman Journalism Lab reported that individual subsciptions can run $3,295 per year and group subscripitons start at $8,000.

Politico Pro To Debut In February

This morning Politico announced plans to launch their subscription-based news service, Politico Pro, in February.  According to an official press release, Politico Pro will offer users “high-impact, high-velocity reporting on the politics of energy, technology, and health care reform.”  The new reporting venture will be fueled by the work of 40 journalists, much like the original Politico staff was organized during its inception in January 2007.

Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei believes this new project will provide subscribers with the no-nonsense content they are looking for:

“Political and policy professionals want someone to cut through the clutter, tell them what really matters and tell them first.  We have a proven track record for doing just that – and Politico Pro will build on it.”

Politico Pro editor-in-chief Tim Grieve has just begun to fill out his team, however some key positions are already in place.

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