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Tivo wins appeal on patents for pause, ffwd, rwd

Lorien_the_first_one (1178397) writes | more than 5 years ago

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Lorien_the_first_one writes "Well, here it is. After years of wrangling, Tivo has won it's day in court against EchoStar, now known as the Dish Network, "when the Supreme Court declined to take up Dish Network's appeal, forcing the satellite television company to pay $104 million in damages." According to the article, "TiVo originally won a patent infringement case in 2004 against Dish, which was then named EchoStar Communications. It charged that Dish illegally copied its technology, which allows people to pause, rewind and record live television on digital video recorders." Despite an injunction, Dish continued distribution of the set-top boxes in the belief that their software avoided infringing the patents owned by Tivo. Now the case goes back to the lower court for review to see if indeed they did avoid those patents. Say, isn't Tivo using Linux underneath? Doesn't that open them up to claims from people like the Free Software Foundation?"
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