Can Aereo put enough pressure on lawmakers to reverse the Supreme Court? CEO Chet Kanojia is giving the strategy a try today, with a letter to consumers urging them to tell their representatives “how disappointed you are that the nation’s highest court issued a decision that could deny you the right to use the antenna of your choice to access live over-the-air broadcast television. Tell them your stories of why having access to a cloud-based antenna is important to you and your families. Show them you care about this issue.”
Last week the high court sided with broadcasters who said that Aereo violates their copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without their permission. On Saturday the Barry Diller backed operation suspended its service while it explores its legal alternatives.
Here’s Kanojia’s letter:
On Saturday, many of you received the news that we decided to pause our operations temporarily, as a result of the United States Supreme Court’s reversal of a lower court decision in favor of Aereo.
Your response in support of the Aereo team has been overwhelming and touching. Your tweets, emails and Facebook posts have made it clear how important it is for so many Americans to have access to a cloud-based antenna to watch live broadcast television. Many of you have asked, “What can we do?”
Today, I’m asking you to raise your hands and make your voices heard. Tell your lawmakers how disappointed you are that the nation’s highest court issued a decision that could