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Supreme Court’s Limited Aereo Opinion Explicitly Cautions Against Discouraging New Technologies Such as Cloud Computing

WASHINGTON, DC — June 25, 2014 —

BSA | The Software Alliance today issued the following statement from BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel:

“The Supreme Court’s opinion in the Aereo case is properly limited to the particular service in question, and wisely cautions against extending its rationale ‘to discourage or to control the emergence or use of evolving technologies,’ such as cloud-based technologies that hold great promise for every aspect of our economy and society. BSA filed a brief in support of neither party, making this one narrow, but very important point. The Court’s opinion makes clear that its ruling is limited to services that are indistinguishable from cable systems’ transmission of over-the-air broadcast signals, and we are confident that lower courts also will recognize that cloud services are fundamentally different, and therefore should not be impeded by the ruling in this case.”

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