Aereo is taking the offense in its battle with CBS, asking a Manhattan federal court to rule that its technology doesn’t infringe on the broadcaster’s copyrights, reports the New York Post.
The suit also asks the court to bar CBS from suing it in the 22 cities where it’s planning to expand its service, the piece adds.
The action comes a few days after CBS chief Leslie Moonves said he’s willing to shift the network to cable, a move that he said could be made "in a few days," as previously reported. CBS and other broadcasters had previously sued Aereo for copyright infringement, but have twice failed to get preliminary injunctions to halt Aereo.
About Aereo’s pre-emptive lawsuit, a CBS spokesman said, "These public relations and legal maneuvers do not change the fundamentally illegal nature of Aereo’s supposed business."
For its part, Aereo said, “The fact that CBS did not prevail in their efforts to enjoin [us] in their existing federal lawsuit does not entitle them to a do-over in another jurisdiction.”