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Judge reverses SONICblue customer tracking ruling
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-06-07
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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 4000 users.

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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