Monday, August 4, 2008

Cablevision Wins Big Victory for DVR's Hosted on Central Servers

Content providers such as movie and tv studios sued Cablevision for copyright infringement for their innovative DVR technology which stores recorded content on remote servers rather than the physical DVR box sitting in your home. Today, the 2nd Circuit ruled in Cablevision's favor by holding that such technology does not infringe upon content producer's rights. This is an ancient fight in copyright circles by now. First, it was the Sony Betamax case in the 1980's. Then it was the RIAA and music industry crusades against online file sharing, most notably in the the Napster case in the 9th Circuit and then the Grokster case in the Supreme Court.

When will content providers realize they simply cannot control distribution and user experience the way they did in the analog years? It seems content producers are simply wasting their time and money in Court because whether they win or lose, collaboration and sharing of content is not going to stop. The consuming public has made that clear. From my perspective, the big time corporate content producers are panicking and may soon find themselves suffering the same fate as that of dinosaurs. If the studios had a smart exec or two, they might be able to figure out how to embrace digital collaboration and sharing and, gasp, actually profit from it.

If you are facing copyright infringement claims relating to digital content sharing and collaboration, contact an experienced copyright attorney for advice.

No comments: