RT America -- April 22, 2014
Online television streaming service Aereo argued in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday. Defending itself from broadcasting giant ABC, the company said it is not violating copyright laws by capturing over-the-air TV broadcasts and streaming the signal to paying customers. Each paying customer is assigned a specially designed, miniature antenna that is controlled via web or smartphone app. While traditional broadcasters say this is blatant public rebroadcasting, which is prohibited under copyright law, Aereo and many in the tech industry disagree. To break down the legal arguments used before the Supreme Court, RT's Lindsay France is joined by Georgetown University journalism professor Christopher Chambers.
Open internet groups are expressing concern over regulations that may be implemented as part of the yet to be signed Trans-Pacific Partnership. President Barack Obama is traveling to Japan later this week to work with negotiators, who critics say have worked in secret to include restrictive language requiring internet service providers to monitor and censor internet traffic. Dealing with enforcement of intellectual property rights, the controversial sections have garnered a strong backlash from digital rights organizations. RT's Lindsay France discusses the concerns of these groups with Steve Anderson, executive director of OpenMeda.