Pattishall IP Blog

July 2, 2009

Remote DVR Service is legal: Supreme Court denies review of Second Circuit ruling

Filed under: Copyright — Tags: , — Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP @ 4:22 pm

by Jake Linford, Trademark Attorney

On June 29, 2009, the Supreme Court denied a request to review a Second Circuit ruling that Cablevision would not violate the Copyright Act by operating its proposed Remote Storage DVR System (“RS-DVR”).  In 2006, Cablevision developed plans for the RS-DVR, which would allow customers to record cable programming on remote hard drives housed by Cablevision, and later view the programming on demand.  The plaintiffs, producers of copyrighted movies and television programs, sought declaratory and injunctive relief on the grounds that by operating the RS-DVR, Cablevision would directly infringe the plaintiffs’ copyrights both by making unauthorized reproductions and by publicly performing the copyrighted works. (more…)

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