The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in ‘ABC v Aereo’ and here are some recaps of the arguments and a bit of early prognostication on where the justices may or may not. So far the story is centered around the courts apparent hesintancy that ruling against Aereo would undo other rulings and set new legal precedent that would stifle technological inovation. 

First you can read the transcripts of arguments here in pdf form.

Deadline’s Dominic Patten has his recap here.

If you thought that the legal dispute between Aereo and the broadcasters was combative, it paled compared with today’s one-hour hearing at the Supreme Court. In oral arguments before the nine Justices, both sides took some heavy blows, but the Barry Diller-backed streaming service definitely took one to the jaw from Chief Justice John Roberts. “Your technological model is based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don’t want to comply with,” Roberts told Aereo attorney David Frederick during the presentation before a packed chamber. “There’s no reason for you to have 10,000 dime-sized antennas except to get around the Copyright Act,” he said. Added Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ”You are the only player so far that pays no royalties whatsoever.”

Coming after arguments from the broadcasters by former Solicitor General Paul Clement and current Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart, Frederick started off his presentation by saying “this is a reproduction rights issue masquerading as a public performance case.” The Justices didn’t seem to buy it.

Over on Variety Ted Johnson provides another report focusing on Justice’s comments of hesitancy about rulling and setting a precedent for cloud computing that is unintended. 

Justice Stephen Breyer said if they were to side with broadcasters in their definition of a public performance, “then the problem is in the words that do tha t… are we somehow catching other things that really will change life and shouldn’t, such as the cloud?”

Alyssa Rossenberg for Washinton Post’s Act Four blog also filed a report focusing on the concerns of the nations top judges.

In a hearing at the Supreme Court this morning that pits a new technology company against legacy television broadcasters, the justices appeared torn. It was clear from their questions that they think Aereo, a service that lets its subscribers stream broadcasts recorded from the public airwaves, has used technological workarounds to avoid paying fees to content creators. But they also appear anxious about undermining the legal basis for technological innovations like cloud storage. How they decide to balance those two imperatives will determine a suddenly more-uncertain outcome of the important case. WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia leaves the U.S. Supreme Court after oral arguments April 22, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case against Aereo on the companys profiting from rebroadcasting network TVs programs obtained from public airwaves. 

“I’m not saying it’s outcome determinative, or necessarily bad, I’m just saying your technological model is based solely on circumventing prohibitions that you don’t want to comply with, which is fine,” Chief Justice John Roberts told David Frederick, who represented Aereo. “Lawyers do that.”

PHOTO Credit: Sebastien Thibault for Variety

più guardo questa foto e più penso “voglio scappare, lasciare questo posto e queste persone di merda. Andare dove voglio”. Ho un bisogno assurdo di partire, di lasciarmi tutto alle spalle; voglio fare una pazzia, prendere il primo volo e viaggiare ovunque, voglio vedere posto nuovi, conoscere persone nuove, assaggiare nuovi cibi, imparare i balli tipici dei vari posti. Voglio stare sedute in aereo a persone a me sconosciute e parlarci. Voglio vedere il sole tramontare mentre sono sull’aereo. Voglio semplicemente andarmene da qui, il prima possibile

Voglio partire. Voglio prendere il primo aereo o il primo treno. Si insomma voglio partire, andare lontano da tutta questa gente, da ciò che conosco. Ormai tutto sta diventando, giorno dopo giorno, un peso troppo grande da sopportare.

Se guardi oltre
Li vedrai volare,

I pensieri hanno bisogno di stare alti nel cielo, alle volte.

(Se vi concentraste sui dettagli invece di fermarvi alle apparenze, avreste una visione molto più ampia della realtà. In questa gif si vede un aereo, e l’ho catturato senza nemmeno accorgermene, na successivamente ho guardato oltre e l’ho notato. Sono innamorato dei dettagli.)

Saliamo in macchina. Mi stringe ancor di piú la mano. 13.40. Avevo il volo alle 17.10. Quel volo mi avrebbe portata lontana da lei. Un’altra volta. Fino all’aeroporto lei era appoggiata sulla mia spalla. Ecco che arriviamo. L’ho stretta a me. Forte. Credo che le ho lasciato qualche costola che si era incastrata con la sua. L’ho vista che si allontanava da me. Pian piano. Mentre camminavo ogni tanto mi giravo. Credevo che ci fosse. Salgo sull’aereo con la certezza che lei è li che mi aspetta. E presto ci riabbracceremo. Questa distanza puó solo unirci di piu’. Vinceremo noi una volta per tutte. Promesso.
—  Daimieiocchifioriesceilmare.
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Aereo, the company that allows you to watch TV broadcasts on your devices connected to the Internet, is facing the Supreme Court this week to argue why its technology is legal.

I interviewed the founder and CEO, Chet Kanojia - see what he says about the battle to keep his company alive and Aereo’s place in the history of TV.

Also, check out David Pogue’s review of Aereo.