While hearing oral arguments from attorneys representing the broadcast networks and Aereo this morning, the Supreme Court justices “appeared unsure” how to rule in the case, expressing concerns that a broad ruling could affect cloud computing companies like Dropbox and Amazon.
Bloomberg reports the justices posed questions about both the cloud computing industry and copyright violations:
Hearing arguments today 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. Chief Justice John Roberts led the questioning, asking whether Aereo’s equipment had any purpose “other than to get around the copyright laws.”
At the same time, the hour-long hearing didn’t clearly indicate the likely outcome, as justices led by Stephen Breyer repeatedly asked whether a ruling favoring the broadcasters would imperil the cloud computing industry.