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Re: Is 'Transitional Fair Use' The Wave Of The Future?

Tony P. (
Mon, 13 Dec 2004 18:05:49 -0500

In article <>,

> Is 'Transitional Fair Use' The Wave Of The Future?
> Written By Rick Ellis, Monday, November 28th, 2004

> When HBO's "Six Feet Under" returns in 2005, it won't just be the end
> of a long-running hit series. It may also be a turning point for TV
> viewers who are in the habit of recording shows to watch weeks or even
> months later.

> Sources at two different cable companies have told that
> discussions have begun which will may lead to a restriction of use for
> fans of several popular television shows.

> The discussions are reportedly in very early stages, and the details
> are still very broad. But this is what I can confirm at this date.

> A middle-level executive at Time Warner has approached several cable
> companies and broached the idea of restricting the ability of
> customers who use those company's Digital Video Recorders to record
> several popular Time Warner TV programs.

> The term being used by the executive is "transitional fair use," and
> the scenerio laid out goes roughly along these lines:

> Viewers would be able to record an episode with their DVR, but there
> would be a time limit on how long it would be available for viewing.
> The executive was pushing for an expiration date that coincided with
> the premiere of the next episode. The consensus of the cable
> executived was that it needed to be between 2-4 weeks.


If they succeed in doing so I vow not to buy a new television or any
new AV gear.

They have no right to infringe my right to time shift programs should
I wish.

As far as I'm concerned the media industry has made record profit over
the last thirty years even when you factor in the VCR and outright
piracy. Perhaps if Hollywood took a few risks I'd be willing to go to
the movies more frequently. But everything now is just a re-hash, as
evidenced by War of the Worlds and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Granted, the Hithchikers Guide to the Galaxy movie is coming so I
might want to see that. But everything else is just contrived crap
made by people who want to keep their career in the movies all comfy
and safe.

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