Originally Posted by foghorn2
No, he is not wrong. I was recording live tv and timeshifting it long before Tivo.
These patents are too generic and Tivo is just living off lawsuits with their stupid patents. "work their asses off", RIGHT
Wow. You must have been the most popular person on your block. I bet the people came from miles around to watch the amazing foghorn2 perform the miracle of timeshifting.
Getting back on topic... The patents in question were just put under intense scrutiny in the TiVo vs. EchoStar trial. If the patents in question were bogus because they were too general, or there was prior art, they would have been invalidated. Since they stood, I'm going to go ahead and assume that they're valid patents. You can believe whatever you want, but those of us living in the world of reality see these patents of justified and valid.
TiVo is NOT
sitting on their patents and taking anyone to court who looks like they're doing something DVR-ish. They're selling a product and service based upon a technology they invented. They deserve a fair place in the marketplace to sell their wares. Allowing anyone to copy or sell knockoffs of their technology undercuts their very business model, and sets a dangerous precedent in the business world. If knockoffs were allowed here in the US marketplace (Chinese piracy and knockoffs typically stay overseas) no one would want to spent a dime on R & D, because as soon as they put something in stores, they're would be 10 copies of it instantly and their investment would have been all for naught.
This is not NTP sitting on their asses, waiting to sue Research In Motion for the Blackberry, and holding them hostage for $600million.
If you can't see the difference between TiVo's position, and NTP's, you really should read up a bit on patents and the law before you start spouting off here.
You may now re-commence waving your SciAtl 8300 HD DVR POS pom-poms now.