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Aereo gets legal okay; coming to Madison


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A start up company got the green light Tuesday to offer live television over the Internet without paying broadcasters for the programs.

Aereo is coming to Madison as part of the ruling by a federal appeals court, which refused to reconsider a previous court decision allowing it to operate.

Broadcasting companies filed a lawsuit to stop Aereo, claiming it violates the federal Copyright Act by letting it charge Internet subscribers to watch the streamed programs without paying for the content.

The broadcasting companies are considering further appeals.

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