13-461 Brief for National Football League and Major League Baseball ...

Mar 3, 2014 - AND PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICE,. Petitioners, v. ... BRIEF OF NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ... Television, Inc., 392 U.S. 390 (1968).
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Supreme Court of the United States ———— AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC.; DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.; CBS BROADCASTING INC.; CBS STUDIOS INC.; NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, LLC; NBC STUDIOS, LLC; UNIVERSAL NETWORK TELEVISION, LLC; TELEMUNDO NETWORK GROUP LLC; WNJU-TV BROADCASTING LLC; WNET; THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS, LLC; FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.; TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION; WPIX, LLC; UNIVISION TELEVISION GROUP, INC.; THE UNIVISION NETWORK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP; AND PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICE, Petitioners, v. AEREO, INC., F/K/A BAMBOOM LABS, INC., Respondent. ———— On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ———— BRIEF OF NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS ———— ROBERT ALAN GARRETT Counsel of Record STEPHEN K. MARSH ANTHONY J. FRANZE BRANDON L. BOXLER ARNOLD & PORTER LLP 555 12th Street NW Washington, DC 20004 (202) 942-5000 [email protected] Counsel for Amici Curiae WILSON-EPES PRINTING CO., INC. – (202) 789-0096 – WASHINGTON, D. C. 20002

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INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE ........................

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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT .............................

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ARGUMENT ........................................................

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I. The Decision Below Upends The Settled Copyright Regime Upon Which The Leagues Have Relied For Decades. ..........

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II. The Decision Below Threatens An Important Segment Of The Leagues’ Businesses .................................................

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A. The Decision Below Permits AereoLike Services To Offer, Without Licenses, Digital Products Comparable To Those The Leagues License Others To Offer. ...................................

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B. The Decision Below Will Likely Reduce The Fees That The Leagues Receive From Retransmissions By Licensed Services.................................

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III. The Decision Below Undermines International Copyright Protection For The Leagues’ Telecasts. ............................

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IV. The Decision Below Will Limit The Availability Of Valuable Programming On Broadcast Television. ..........................

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CONCLUSION ....................................................

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Att’y Gen. of Can. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc., 268 F.3d 103 (2d Cir. 2001)..............................................................

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Capital Cities Cable, Inc. v. Crisp, 467 U.S. 691 (1984) .....................................................

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Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. v. Fla. Gulf Coast Bldg. & Constr. Trades Council, 485 U.S. 568 (1988) .............................................

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Fortnightly Corp. v. United Artists Television, Inc., 392 U.S. 390 (1968)............ 5, 10 Jerome H. Remick & Co. v. Am. Auto. Accessories Co., 5 F.2d 411 (6th Cir. 1925)..............................................................

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Murray v. The Charming Betsy, 6 U.S. (2 Cranch) 64 (1804) ......................................... 21-22 N.Y. Times Co. v. Tasini, 533 U.S. 483 (2001) ............................................................

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Nat’l Basketball Ass’n v. Motorola, Inc., 105 F.3d 841 (2d Cir. 1997) .................................

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Nat’l Football League v. TVRadioNow Corp., Nos. 00-120, 00-121, 2000 WL 34200602 (W.D. Pa. Feb. 29, 2000) ...............................

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Teleprompter Corp. v. Columbia Broad. Sys., Inc., 415 U.S. 394 (1974) ..............................

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Turner Broad. Sys., Inc.