Most games and app developers equate swiping and tapping with the term “interactive.” They want parents to believe that, unlike with passive screen-time, touchscreens will make our kids smarter, more connected, and better at problem-solving.

While Linn has nothing against kids playing certain games (such as Minecraft) in moderation, she warns that parents quickly forget (in our haste to get a minute of peace or just dinner on the table) that the business model for almost everything on a computer screen is marketing plus taking our personal information and embedding products in what whatever we’re watching.

So it’s much different from that 30-second commercial from my childhood that could be turned down or off is over.

What kids are really interacting with? Ads. Constantly.

Watching television is better for your kids than swiping an iPad - Quartz

Because [Aereo’s] system transmits the same underlying performances to numerous subscribers, the system is clearly infringing," he wrote. However, he said that line of reasoning doesn’t extend to other cloud-based services, what you’d commonly associate with Amazon storage lockers or Dropbox. "That conclusion, however, should not call into question the legitimacy of businesses that use the Internet to provide new ways for consumers to store, hear, and view their own lawfully acquired copies of copyrighted works.

US sides with networks against Aereo in Supreme Court fight | Internet & Media - CNET News

“The Copyright Act does not tolerate business models premised on the unauthorized exploitation of the copyrighted works of others,” said the brief, which was filed by broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

TV Networks Ask Supreme Court to Shut Down Aereo - NYTimes.com

In Kimball’s reading, the 2nd Circuit saw Congress as attempting to “distinguish between public and private transmissions.” Kimball sees no such distinction, believing Congress intended the Transmit Clause to apply to a broad swath of technologies. Copyrighted works watched privately can still be “public performances” under particular circumstances (hotel video-on-demand systems, for instance). “Congress expressly used language throughout the definition section of the 1976 Copyright Act that would encompass all known or yet to be developed technologies,” Kimball wrote in today’s order.

Aereo loses copyright fight, gets banned in 6 states | Ars Technica

TV Stations in Los Angeles to Share a Channel to Free Up Spectrum

Two broadcast television stations in Los Angeles will become the first participants in a pilot test of the government’s plans to eventually free up and auction off more airwaves for use in wireless broadband, officials said on Tuesday.

The stations, KLCS, a public broadcaster, and KJLA, a small multilingual programmer, will participate in a channel-sharing experiment that is being devised with the trade association for wireless phone carriers. The wireless companies are eager to get broadcasters to give up airwaves so they can buy them and use them for high-speed wireless Internet connections.

The experiment is intended to show the extent to which broadcast channels can be squeezed together on the electromagnetic spectrum without degrading the quality of their signals. If the experiment goes as planned, no changes will be visible to consumers, who will continue to tune in to the same channels on their television sets.

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Retransmission of TV Signals by Aereo

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to resolve a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo, an Internet start-up that the broadcasters say threatens the economic viability of their businesses.

Aereo uses an array of small antennas to stream over-the-air television signals to subscribers, allowing them to watch programs on their smartphones and computers. The broadcasters say this amounts to theft of their content and violates copyright laws. Aereo responds that it is merely helping its subscribers do what they could lawfully do since the era of rabbit-ear antennas: watch free broadcast television delivered over public airwaves.

The case could have broad implications for the way content is distributed in the future. The major television networks have said their business would be undermined by services that retransmit their signals without paying fees, as cable and satellite companies do.

» via New York Times

Starting on January 6, ABC will require viewers to sign in with their cable account information if they want to watch new episodes of the network’s shows online the day after they air on TV.

Bad news for cord cutters: ABC starts restricting access to full TV show episodes — Tech News and Analysis

If copyright holders lose their exclusive retransmission licensing rights and the substantial benefits derived from those rights when they place programming on broadcast stations, those stations will become less attractive mediums for distributing copyrighted content,” the leagues said in their brief. “The option for copyright holders will be to move that content to paid cable networks (such as ESPN and TNT) where Aereo-like services cannot hijack and exploit their programming without authorization.

NFL, Major League Baseball Warn That Aereo Could Trigger End of Free TV Game Broadcasts | Variety

We don’t think it’s right for Canadians to have to pay for bundled television channels that they don’t watch. We want to unbundle television channels and allow Canadians to pick and pay the specific television channels that they want," Industry Minister James Moore said on CTV’s Question Period. "It’s not a command economy, we’re not going to put in place onerous regulations. We’re a government of deregulation," Moore added. "But from time to time, we think that the best interest of consumers need to be enforced in the marketplace.

Canada Is About to Break the Cable Bundle - Connor Simpson - The Atlantic Wire

In his ruling, the judge found that Aereo did not appear to violate copyright because its service is akin to a remote DVR service that lets subscribers watch and record private individual copies of the programs. The judge acknowledged that Aereo could harm the broadcasters by encouraging people to cut their cable subscriptions, but said that a temporary injunction was not necessary because, “it seems more likely that the harm will take several years to materialize.” The court also rejected Hearst’s claim that it would lose out on ad revenue because it couldn’t measure Aereo subscribers was “simply not true,” adding that Nielsen rating service now tracks online viewers.

Aereo gets big win in Boston: judge refuses to shut down streaming TV service — Tech News and Analysis