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Tivo & Transitional (Un)Fair Use

September 15, 2005

Well, that didn’t take long — last December, when the whole “Transitional Fair Use” thing started rearing it’s ugly head, I said “Tivo seems to be going out of their way to knuckle under to this kind of crap from the content producers, so we can probably assume that our equipment will be “enabled” (more like “disabled”) to enforce this at some point.

Now of course, it’s happened — Tivo users are catching flags indicating “the copyright holder prohibited saving the episode past date XX/XX”. Not on premium content, but on reruns of the Simpsons of all things.

Tivo is busy backing and filling, claiming that a “noise” glitch caused the Macrovision protection flag to be “accidently” set.
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