The Supreme Court ruled on June 25, 2014, that Aereo was violating copyright law by engaging in a business model in which it charged customers a fee of $8 for content but paid nothing to the major television networks to stream that content.

The Court’s decision was intentionally narrow to prevent unfair consequences to other cloud-based businesses that are following the law. The majority opinion, authored by Justice Steven Breyer, stated: “Given the limited nature of this holding, the Court does not believe its decision will discourage the emergence or use of different kinds of technologies.”

This case does demonstrate, however, that companies can face obstacles when the law governing their industry does not change or adapt to innovations or development in the business landscape.