Dish Network has amended the language in New York federal court litigation defending its Primetime Anytime DVR service with AutoHop ad-zapping capability against the broadcast networks’ charges of copyright infringement. Wording in the original (read it here) that described viewers’ ability to “automatically” record programming and skip ads has been modified to characterize the technology specifically as providing consumer options. The language now says (amended complaint is here) the device allows users “to enable the recording” of programming and “the option to efficiently fast-forward” through commercials. In a flurry of court activity back in May and July, Dish and the ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC broadcast networks sought to protect their opposing positions by asking courts to rule on Dish’s technology as legal or illegal. The networks contend Dish’s AutoHop infringes on their copyrighted programming, and Dish’s view is that the satcaster and its customers already pay handsomely for the right to watch the networks’ programming with or without commercials.
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