Aereo, Inc. embarked upon a new legal trail on Wednesday as it advised a New York district court that it is entitled under the compulsory licensing provisions of the Copyright Act to transmit live television broadcasts to subscribers over the Internet. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Aereo’s method of distributing live broadcasts over a network of dime-sized antennas assigned to individual subscribers constitutes a public performance that violates broadcaster copyrights. In reaching that decision, the high court concluded that Aereo’s distribution model resembles a cable television service “that Congress amended the [Copyright] Act to reach.” Writing to U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan,  in whose court the broadcast networks’ case against Aereo originated, Aereo argued that the Supreme Court effectively overturned earlier judicial pronouncements that had prevented online video distributors from obtaining compulsory licenses. Because the Supreme Court had described Aereo as “highly similar” to a cable system, the company told Judge Nathan that “Aereo is a cable system with regard to . . . [copyrighted] transmissions.” As such, Aereo wrote that if it “is a ‘cable system’ as that term is defined in the Copyright Act, it is eligible for a statutory license, and its transmissions may not be enjoined.” Aereo further noted that it is filing the paperwork and royalty fees required to operate in accordance with the compulsory license. Accusing Aereo of contradicting the position it took in the case—i.e., that it is merely a provider of antennas that subscribers rent to perform copyrighted works privately—the networks called it “astonishing for Aereo to contend that the Supreme Court’s decision automatically transferred Aereo into a cable system.”