Clinic Students File Amicus Brief on Behalf of Leading Consumer Groups in Supreme Court Aereo Case

WCL Glushko-Samuelson IP Clinic

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, students at the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic of the Washington College of Law filed an amicus brief (read it here (PDF)) in the pending Supreme Court case American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., involving Aereo’s cloud antenna and DVR service. The students’ brief argues that Aereo promotes consumer sovereignty by providing an on option for flexible use of broadcast television, and that the public interest in protecting consumer choice in information is rooted in the United States Copyright regime.

Student attorneys Natasha Dhillon, Justin Hemmings, Maggie Scales, and Will Stanley prepared the brief on behalf of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Consumers Union (CU), two leading non-profit organizations that support consumers’ interests through advocacy, research, and education. The CFA is currently the largest consumer advocacy organization in the U.S., with nearly 300 non-profit member organizations and 50 million consumer…

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