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Scalia: ‘We Came Within One Vote of Declaring the VCR Contraband’

ScaliaAereoIn his dissenting opinion Wednesday in the case of American Broadcasters vs. Aereo, Justice Antonin Scalia hinted that it’s now up to Congress to decide if future Aereos can exist.

Scalia, along with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, disagreed with the majority in the 6-3 decision. Scalia reminds of an earlier high court decision involving a disruptive technology. “We came within one vote of declaring the VCR contraband 30 years ago,” Scalia writes, pointing to the 1984 Universal v. Sony decision. Scalia continues:

I share the Court’s evident feeling that what Aereo is doing (or enabling to be done) to the Networks’ copyrighted programming ought not to be allowed. But perhaps we need not distort the Copyright Act to forbid it.

Hence, the proper course is not to bend and twist the Act’s terms in an effort to produce a just outcome, but to apply the law as it stands and leave to Congress the task of deciding whether the Copyright Act needs an upgrade.

 

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Ben & Jen No-Shows…and More WHCD News

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CNN’s Ed Henry, NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s Mike Allen at Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

From our TVNewser spies at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Association dinner and related events.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner bailed as guests of CBS at the last minute. We hear Affleck was “really sick.”

• ABC’s Justice correspondent Jan Crawford Greenberg chatting up Justice Antonin Scalia at the National Journal pre-party. Will Crawford Greenberg be first with the news of the Souter replacement?

Julia Louis Dreyfus spotted texting from her table during the Dinner. We hear she was sending texts to her co-star Wanda Sykes who was on stage as the Dinner’s entertainment. (more below)

• A sign of the times — no dessert and the networks/publications were charged if they ordered more than two bottles of wine per table, which our spy adds, “of course, everyone did.”

• FishbowlDC’s Christine Delargy and Matt Dornic had the weekend covered from Saturday morning brunch to Sunday morning after-parties.

- Tammy Haddad’s Pre-Dinner Brunch

- Pictures – Inside the Hilton Dining Room

- Wanda Sykes – “Too Much?”

- The After-Parties: Vanity Fair & Bloomberg