Broadcasters Warn Supremes Of The Innumerable Non-Existent Horrors That Will Befall Everyone If Aereo Wins
from the your-threat-is-not-even-remotely-scary dept
Gearing up for their Supreme Court showdown with Aereo on April 22, broadcasters have once again gleefully pulled out this empty threat. Hoping to convince the court's eight Judges (Justice Alito recused himself, possibly due to stock holdings) an Aereo win would be disastrous, the petitioners proclaim that free "quality" programming will cease to exist:
"The TV broadcasters reject Aereo's conclusion that cloud computing and other novel technologies could be at stake, but they do raise dire warnings about what might happen should the Supreme Court rule in Aereo's favor. As the brief states, "Indeed, if that is the world in which broadcasters must live, then they may be forced to reconsider whether they can afford to continue making the same quantity and quality of programming available to the public for free in the first place."The debate over the word "quality" aside, note the pretense again that they they would struggle with finances, ignoring the fact that CBS posted record earnings last year and even CBS's CEO recently admitting that an Aereo win would have no serious impact on earnings. Perhaps scarier is this dire warning included in the brief by the petitioners:
"If the transmit clause could be circumvented through the simple expedient of simultaneously supplying each user with a distinct transmission generated from a distinct copy, then cable and satellite companies could potentially devise Aereo-like workarounds of their own, and in the process render the transmit clause a dead letter."Wow, that would be rough, huh? Cable and satellite operators giving subscribers more flexible options for content that might in the process make a customer or two happy? Could even Lovecraft or Dante forge a more horrifying hellscape? Is there any point in living?