Judge reverses SONICblue customer tracking ruling
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Source: MusicDish/Mi2N - June 4, 2002
A court order requiring ReplayTV maker SONICblue to build and implement
software to track customer viewing and send the results to television and
film companies has been overturned by federal judge Florence-Marie Cooper.
"If the networks and studios focused on the inevitable evolution of their
business instead of attempts to stifle technology, we believe everyone
involved would benefit, consumers most of all, said Ken Potashner, President
and CEO after his victory.
SONICblue's ReplayTV 4000 not only boasts 'autoSkip' which lets users bypass
commercials while recording a program, it also has a high-speed Net port
that allows them to DL online programs and/or send them to other ReplayTV
The tv companies and movies studios claims this deprives them of advertising
revenues and allows people who paid for premium programming to send it to
others who haven't.
A short while back, LA Central District Court Magistrate Charles F. Eick
told SONICblue to modify its DVR's to collect data on what tv-watchers watch
and to then pass the information to a group including Paramount, Universal,
Walt Disney and Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer; and, CBC, ABC and NBC, all of whom are
suing Sonicblue for alleged copyright violations.
"Forcing a company to change its product in order to conduct surveillance on
its customers is unreasonable and inappropriate," said Michael Petricone, VP
of Technology Policy for the Consumer Electronics Association ...
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