CEA sides with Dish, says 1984 Betamax ruling covers Hopper DVR

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The Consumer Electronics Association has sided with Dish Network in its battles with television networks over the legality of the satellite operator’s commercial-skipping Auto Hop feature. The CEA (alongside the Computer and Communications Industry Association and the Internet Association) filed an amicus brief yesterday to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting Dish’s defense against Fox out of concerns that “the outcome of this case will affect the future of private non-commercial time-shifting of television programs.”

In the brief, it is argued that the time-shifting functionality of Auto Hop is protected by the original 1984 Betamax Supreme Court ruling in Sony Corp. of America v. University City Studios, Inc. It continues on…

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