Networks In Legal Battles On Two Fronts
Efforts by the major broadcasters to protect their business models against technological innovations hit legal roadblocks in two New York courtrooms on Wednesday. In one, a federal judge granted the DISH satellite service a temporary restraining order that in effect blocks Fox from pursuing a copyright infringement lawsuit against it over its ad-skipping Hopper DVR until a July 2 hearing, at which the court will decide whether to enjoin all of the networks from pursuing further legal action over the DVR. In a separate case, lawyers representing the television networks reportedly responded awkwardly to questions about how the new Aereo system backed by media entrepreneur Barry Diller was any more threatening to them than the DVR. And when CBS exec Martin Franks was asked how much his company would lose if Aereo continued to exist, he replied, "I don't know enough about Aereo now to calculate that harm."