Aereo wins partial victory in broadcasters' suit

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(AP) – Aereo, a startup that takes live TV broadcasts and sends them to mobile devices in New York for a monthly fee, has won a partial victory in court over the media companies that are suing it.

A ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan released Monday dismissed one of three claims made by the broadcast companies, which include ABC, CBS, NBC and others.

Nathan dismissed the claim of unfair competition, saying it was pre-empted by the Copyright Act.

Two claims of copyright infringement remain. A hearing on a preliminary injunction begins May 30.

The broadcasters have argued that Aereo is copying and retransmitting their programming unlawfully. Aereo contends that by assigning miniature antennas to each of its users, it is providing legal access to free over-the-air broadcasts.

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