Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 07:39 UTC
Legal Dish' DVR has an 'auto-hop' feature, which automatically skips commercials on recorded TV. Fox is now suing Dish over this feature, because they claim it will destroy the business model of ad-driven television. "We were given no choice but to file suit against one of our largest distributors, Dish Network, because of their surprising move to market a product with the clear goal of violating copyrights and destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television ecosystem," said Fox. This is the photographic film industry suing digital camera makers. It's so utterly absurd I can hardly believe it's for real.
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by kurkosdr on Fri 25th May 2012 11:57 UTC
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"How does skipping ads violate copyright?"

Isn't anything except viewing the media just like Fox wants, on devices Fox wants, copyright infringement according to Fox?

Unfortunately they do the campaign donations needed to turn this nonsense into law.

These are the people who considered rewinding a rented videotape "copyright infringement" (srsly). The real reason the studios sued betamax is because it competed with their Cartrivision format, which had special tapes for rental movies that couldn't be rewound. Imagine if the DMCA existed back then.

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Edited 2012-05-25 12:00 UTC

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