A lawsuit by lawyers who don't understand or use the technology, know what is advertised or understand the import of the "Betamax" decision will not do any of us any good.
See, for example, this little tidbit from the complaint
"Plaintiff Newmark uses his ReplayTV 4000 unit for viewing television programs at times other than when originally broadcast ("time-shifting") and wants to use the advertised features that would allow him to view recorded programs on his laptop computer while traveling and to utilize "commercial advance" to avoid watching commercials. "
Where was it ever a "feature set" of Replay 400 to "view recorded programs on a laptop while traveling"? When did "time-shifting" (legal) mean that you could copy a copy (to put on your computer? Please, this is embarrassing. Add to that the idea that these people are now admitttig (see "He also uses them to send shows between his two units and between his units and his laptop computer for viewing outside his home. ") to violating the Replay terms of service.
There is also a claim for relief that asks the court to order "e. Each Plaintiff, as an owner of a ReplayTV 4000 unit, can lawfully use the Ethernet features provided with the device for the purpose of facilitating the viewing by one or more specific individuals of any television program broadcast free so long as said Plaintiff does not receive any compensation or direct commercial benefit thereby."
Actually they are very tech saavy... no where was space-shifting to a laptop ever described as a feature of the Replay 4000 series, but they want to establish that format-shifting is legal too. I agree that one is a little bit of a stretch, but there is nothing illegal about it, and they want to get it set as a legal precedant... otherwise you could get sued for using SwapDV.
Your last paragraph (Ethernet features) is just a legalese way of referring to sharing a show over the Internet.
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