TiVo and Paying for Television
Randall Stross who writes the Digital Domain column for the New York Times has an interesting column today on the difficulties that digital video recorders pose for ad-supported television—free TV—and he also addresses how circumstances have changed since the Supreme Court’s decision in Sony in 1984 regarding home-taping—time-shifting—as fair use. Stross and I had a lively conversation last week about the issue.
If you would like to read more, I have a fairly extended treatment of this issue in my paper “The Digital Video Recorder: Unbundling Advertising and Content” (here as a pre-publication version and here, the 2004 published version if you have access to Hein Online).
Update: Copyright guru Bill Patry addresses this in a new post.