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Locast lets you stream local TV for free

A streaming service called Locast is trying to revive the dream of Aereo — the legally defeated company that let you stream broadcast TV networks like NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox for a monthly fee — by trying out a different legal approach: giving the whole thing away for free.

Locast, which is highlighted in The New York Times today, is a nonprofit, and it believes that nonprofit status lets it take advantage of an exemption in copyright law that allows for broadcast TV networks to be freely retransmitted. The law makes an exemption for nonprofits to do so, as long as they aren’t making a profit.

The service launched last year and is currently up and running in seven cities, including New York, Philadelphia,…

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