Cablevision Sued Over Video-On-Demand Service

Law360, New York (May 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Several movie studios and television networks cast Cablevision Systems Corp. as the villain in a federal lawsuit alleging that the Long Island-based cable provider’s plan to allow customers to record and store programs violates copyright laws.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court, asks the court to stop Cablevision from offering its proposed service—which Cablevision has dubbed RS-RVR, short for Remote-Storage Digital Video Recorder service—because it would infringe on the plaintiffs’ copyright.

The complaint argues that by storing and retransmitting programs, Cablevision would be...
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