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[dvd-discuss] Skipping commercials is theft.
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- Subject: [dvd-discuss] Skipping commercials is theft.
- From: Scott A Crosby <crosby(at)qwes.math.cmu.edu>
- Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 20:12:56 -0400 (EDT)
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Interesting interview with the head of Turner Broadcasting System
Choice quotes, but I *really* don't get how on earth one justifies that
JK: Because of the ad skips.... It's theft. Your
contract with the network when you get the
show is you're going to watch the spots.
Otherwise you couldn't get the show on an
ad-supported basis. Any time you skip a
commercial or watch the button you're actually
stealing the programming.
CW: What if you have to go to the bathroom or
get up to get a Coke?
JK: I guess there's a certain amount of
tolerance for going to the bathroom. But if you
formalize it and you create a device that skips
JK: Our company is working on a number of
different VOD models. The question's whether
these are going to be head-end-based models
or in-home models and whether ultimately
there's going to be a license required for use of
the copyrighted material, or whether people
make a bet the Betamax case can cover this
usage. My bet would be the Betamax case is not
going to cover this usage. What was a highly
questionable decision with the new technology
will not stand up to the potential of the digital
world. Whether there's going to be a challenge
or whether it's going to be legislation, there's
going to be some way in the digital world that
we can protect copywritten material. I think that
JK: Again, I think that whether it's legislation,
whether it's new technology, whether it's
challenging Betamax, whatever it is in the video
marketplace, we're going to have to find a way
to protect copywritten material or there will be
less of it made or it will not be made available in
windows where it's not protectable and that's
not good for consumers, so there's got to be
some way it's protected.