Thursday, March 22, 2007

Cablevision Loses Legal Fight to Offer Networked DVR Service

A U.S. District court ruled against Cablevision in a copyright infringement case involving network-based DVR service. The judge ruled that network-based DVRs inherently infringe the copyrights of content owners who have not given their permission to have their material stored on Cablevision's hard disk drives for later use by its subscribers. Cablevision's position was that network-based DVRs provide the same functionality as set-up DVR boxes and should be given the same legal status.

The lawsuit was brought by Time Warner, News Corp., Viacom and the Walt Disney Company.

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