YAKIMA, Wash. — The U.S. Supreme Court issued opinions on some key cases this morning, but NLRB vs. Noel Canning was not one of them.
In other action, the court ruled 6-3 that Aereo’s practice of using tiny antennas to allow its customers to watch broadcast televisions on mobile devices was illegal under the transmit clause of the Copyright Act of 1976. In other words, Aereo was transmitting broadcasting content, like a cable provider, not just providing the equipment, i.e., the antenna.
The court also unanimously ruled that police cannot search cellphones without a warrant, a decision many say is a positive move for digital privacy. For those of you who don’t want to read the legal opinion, humor blog pourmecoffee posted a flow-chart on Twitter.
After this morning, the Supreme Court has four cases still pending an opinion:
• NLRB vs. Noel Canning, involving recess appointments.
• McCullen vs. Coakley, involving abortion clinic buffer zones
• Harris vs. Quinn, involving public employee unions
• Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, involving the Affordable Care Act conception mandate.
More opinions will be issued Thursday, and the Court is expected to add one more day after that to finish out the opinions.