NBC makes threats over Tivo’s portable plans
November 28, 2005
Apparently NBC can no longer afford lawyers that understand Fair Use or the Betamax decision, and have decided that Tivo’s plans to let you move recordings to your Video iPod or PSP are worth making vague legal threats over, according to Variety.
“TiVo appears to be acting unilaterally, disregarding established rights of content owners to participate in decisions regarding the distribution and exploitation of their content,” an NBC Universal spokesman said. “This unilateral action creates the risk of legal conflict instead of contributing to the constructive exploitation of digital technology that can rapidly provide new and exciting experiences for the consumer.”
Maybe NBC is just making sure Variety still remembers they exist? If I was the number four network (among what used to be the Big Three), I’d be thrilled that people even cared enough to bother.
They maybe would do better to be careful to not give viewers any more reasons to tune away from them than they already have.