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The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge:
“It is truly unfortunate for consumers that Fox has filed suit against DISH Network. That suit charges DISH with copyright violations for the satellite company’s DVR which allows consumers to skip commercials, but also against the Sling adapter (formerly Sling Box) which allows consumers to stream their TV signal to a laptop at a different location. This is a frontal assault on home recording and fair use. Ordinary consumers are in its crosshairs, while Fox demands technological stagnation from innovators.
“In filing this suit, Fox and the others are challenging long-held consumer rights and going against long-standing consumer practices. Consumers have the right to control their TV watching, using whatever technology is available to them. This is as true now as it was in 1955 when advertisements for the Flash-Matic, one of the first remote control devices, promised, ‘You can even shut off annoying commercials while the picture remains on the screen.’”
“In filing this suit, the broadcasters are demonstrating their contempt for the millions of consumers who watch their shows and who buy the products they advertised on their networks. They should withdraw their legal actions immediately.”