Networks Must Persuade Judge That Ad-Erasing DVR Kills TV

Law360, New York (June 4, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT) -- The major TV networks are breaking new ground in copyright law by suing Dish Network Corp. over its new "Hopper" service, which lets viewers watch recorded shows without commercials, but whether the suit can survive a fair-use defense depends on the court's being swayed by the argument that deleting commercials will destroy the networks' business, attorneys said.

A decision on the legality of a service that effectively eliminates the need to watch commercials will have major ramifications for the TV industry, said Bonnie E. Eskenazi of...
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