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Beaten in court, Aereo wants subscribers to make their voices heard

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia urges subscribers to make their voice heard with lawmakers.

Aereo Chief Executive Chet Kanojia won't take no for an answer.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Aereo, a startup service that streams the signals of local TV stations, is in violation of the Copyright Act. The ruling was seen as a death knell for Aereo, which launched in 2012 and is available in 11 cities, including New York and Boston.

On Saturday, Kanojia informed subscribers that Aereo was suspending service while it figured out its next move. On Tuesday, the Aereo founder sent another note to customers asking them to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill.

"Today, I'm asking you to raise your hands and make your voices heard," Kanojia wrote. "Tell your lawmakers how disappointed you are that the nation's highest court issued a decision that could deny you the right to use the antenna of your choice to access live over-the-air broadcast television. Don't let your voices be silenced, let's stand together for innovation, progress and technology."

The Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling overturned a ruling from the Second Circuit in New York, which is now expected to implement the high court's decision.

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