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Aereo Survival Imperiled as Court Rules Copyrights Violated

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The U.S. Supreme Court dealt what is likely to be a fatal blow to online-streaming service Aereo Inc. and its dream of transforming the TV industry, ruling that the Barry Diller-backed startup violates broadcasters’ copyrights.

The 6-3 ruling is a triumph for broadcast companies, including Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, 21st Century Fox Inc., Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and CBS Corp. They said Aereo was threatening the underpinnings of the industry by selling programming online without paying licensing fees.