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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RE: copyright
by umccullough on Fri 25th May 2012 20:03 UTC in reply to "copyright"
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How does skipping ads violate copyright?

I'm guessing they're going to use some argument about how the "copyrighted work" is being modified by Dish's hardware and thus the consumer. They'll probably argue that the commercials are part of the TV show, and that Dish has no right to remove them.

Ultimately, however, it is the consumer that is making the decision to skip the commercials, so I have a feeling this will be baseless. They might try to use some "DMCA circumvention device" argument, but I kinda doubt that would stick.

Fox (and other content companies who complain about such things) really just hates their customers...

Just another dinosaur media company who has been outsmarted by technology along with their own customers, and would rather litigate than innovate.

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