Aereo Granted Two-Week Reprieve As It Appeals Utah Ruling

A federal judge is putting off for 14 days his order that Aereo cease service in Denver and Salt Lake City so the streaming service can seek an appeal.

Last week U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled in favor of broadcasters in their complaint that Aereo’s unauthorized streaming of their signals violates the Copyright Act. Kimball issued an injunction that applied throughout the 10th Circuit, which covers Utah, Colorado and four other western states.

He wrote that there was “some benefit” to allowing Aereo’s customers to have uninterrupted service for the next two weeks. The company is seeking an emergency stay in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nevertheless, Kimball rejected Aereo’s request that he put an indefinite stay on his ruling as the Supreme Court weighs the legality of its business. He said that Aereo took a “calculated risk” when it launched in Salt Lake City and Utah last year, and that it “will not go out of business.” He also said that Aereo could stay in operation by “paying proper licensing fees and operating with a smaller profit margin as a solution to allaying its customers’ harm during the pendency of the appeal.”

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