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06-30-2009, 10:03 AM
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Wow!! Extending the home recording consumer rights from the old Sony Betamax case to include networked (managed hosting) services could have a MAJOR impact on home streaming!!
The Supreme Court Monday declined to review the challenge by CNN and some major studios to Cablevision's use of a remote DVR service.
The decision paves the way for Cablevision to deploy the service later this summer, according to the company.
The Solicitor General had recommended the court not take the case.
We are very pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a challenge to Cablevision's Remote Digital Recording Service," said Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn. "From a common-sense point of view, the lower court, and the U.S. Solicitor General, were correct in their interpretation of the copyright law that a recording is a recording, whether done on a set-top box or at the cable head-end, as Cablevision's proposed service allows."
We applaud the U.S. Supreme Court today for letting stand a decision that supports the growth of technology and innovation," said CEA President Gary Shapiro. "The ability to record television programming has become commonplace to millions of Americans which has benefited consumers and allowed the consumer technology and content industries to contribute billions of dollars to our economy and create millions of jobs."