Aereo founder remains confident in company despite legal conflict
Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia spoke to The Associated Press before Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing. Questions and answers have been edited for length.
Q: Why are you confident about your prospects?
A: Nobody has disputed the idea that a consumer can have an antenna. Nobody disputes that a consumer can make personal recordings. The dispute seems to be about where the equipment can be installed.
Q: As a customer, I have a dedicated antenna that receives my signal. But when I record something, isn’t that going on a group recorder, constituting a public performance?
A: But it’s your unique file. So if 30,000 people in New York recorded a particular show, that’s 30,000 unique copies that are different for each individual. The antenna is sitting dead until you log in and say ‘I want to watch NBC.’ That’s when it first tunes into NBC.
Q: To what degree did you design everything — your marketing and the antennas — with a possible lawsuit in mind?