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Fox Broadcasting lawyers made an all-out push earlier this year to knock the newest version of Dish’s ad-skipping Hopper DVR off the market, but they have failed.
A Los Angeles federal judge has weighed the competing briefs of both companies and decided the product can remain on the market while litigation proceeds, according to a Dish statement. The actual order remains under seal, so the legal reasoning remains opaque, for now. A redacted order will likely be published soon.
Fox had argued that what Dish calls “place-shifting” of content is actually just piracy. Dish violated copyright law by grabbing Fox’s signal and re-transmitting it over the Internet. The judge overseeing the case apparently thinks the issue is more nuanced than that.
» via ars technica
TV isn’t coming back to school at Northwestern University this fall: The college decided earlier this year that it was going to turn off its campus-wide television service over the summer. “The decision to discontinue NUTV was the result of many factors including demonstrated non-use by our students,” said Northwestern University Information Technology Director Wendy Woodward when asked about the end of the program.
Northwestern University isn’t the only school questioning whether it should keep spending money on TV services, considering that students prefer to stream their shows from online services instead. The growing popularity of Netflix and other streaming services on campus also has system administrators looking for better ways to manage all that traffic. But with cable TV being not cool enough for school, are colleges accelerating cord cutting trends? Or can new campus-focused services get students excited about TV again?
» via GigaOm
For the first time in nearly a year, the nation’s major television broadcasters have won a round in their legal battle against start-up firms that stream programs from local stations over the Internet without their consent.
The Federal District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction on Thursday against one such start-up, FilmOn X. The broadcasters that sued FilmOn, claiming copyright infringement, cheered the news. It was not immediately clear how the ruling might affect Aereo, a better-known streaming service backed by the head of IAC/InterActiveCorp, Barry Diller.
“We are pleased, but not surprised, that the court recognized that the commercial retransmission of our broadcast signal without permission or compensation is a clear violation of the law,” the Fox network said in a statement. The network said the preliminary injunction would apply across the country, with the exception of New York, Connecticut and Vermont, where the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld Aereo’s business model in the face of lawsuits from the broadcasters.
» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)
A company that makes home security and baby monitoring cameras settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday that it failed to protect its customers’ privacy.
According to the FTC, in January 2012, a hacker publicized how easy it was to gain access to live video feeds of TRENDnet home video cameras. Other hackers then posted live feeds of nearly 700 private cameras online.
The videos showed babies in their cribs, children playing and adults engaging in “typical daily activities,” the FTC said.
A Harvard University law professor and an Australian record company are wrapped up in a court fight over the professor’s use of a French band’s hit single in a video that was part of an online lecture, The Boston Globe has reported.
The professor, Lawrence Lessig, used music from the band Phoenix’s 2009 song “Lisztomania” during a lecture that he recorded and posted on YouTube. The lecture described how people had used the song to create dance videos, putting them online and creating something of a phenomenon on the Web.
» via The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription may be required for some content)