Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released this statement following the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in the case of American Broadcasting, Inc. v. Aereo. Today’s decision found that Aereo’s streaming of copyrighted television broadcasts is copyright infringement.
Chairman Goodlatte: “Technology continues to rapidly advance and the Internet and other technological advances have enabled copyright owners to make available their works to consumers around the world. Today’s Supreme Court decision reinforces the importance of the House Judiciary Committee’s ongoing review of our copyright law. The review is essential in determining whether the laws are still working in the digital age. It is my hope that we can identify improvements to our copyright laws that can benefit both the content community and the technology community, as well as consumers, by maintaining strong protections for copyrighted works and strong incentives for further innovation.
Background: On April 24, 2013, Chairman Goodlatte announced his intention to undertake a comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law in a speech before the World Intellectual Property Day celebration at the Library of Congress. As part of the comprehensive copyright review, the House Judiciary Committee has already held hearings on issues like the Copyright Principles Project, the roles of the copyright and technology industries in our economy, voluntary agreements and music licensing.