HBO Keeps Up Tradition Of Conveniently Forgetting About Fair Use
from the once-again dept
Poor Slingbox. They didn't get permission to innovate -- because they don't need it, and now they're attracting the legal attention of broadcasters, who have no qualms about trying to tell you what you can do with their content after you've brought it into your home. It's looking like HBO might sue Slingbox, based on the misguided belief that their product and service violates HBO copyrights. The issue here isn't copyright infringment -- not least of which because anybody place-shifting HBO with a Slingbox subscribes to it at home -- it's business model infringement. Slingbox has figured out a cool service to offer, one for which people are willing to pay, and HBO feels wronged, mostly because Slingbox could undermine their own competing services. Services which, of course, they've been too busy sounding out lawsuits to actually develop and offer. Remember, too, that HBO also poisons torrents of its shows and likes to flout fair use -- so figuring out ways to piss off customers it can't figure out how to address is par for the course.