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November 12, 2004

Wired Interviews Tivo General Counsel

Wired has a short interview with Tivo Attorney, Mathew Zinn in regards to the new protection scheme which will put restrictions on keeping recorded shows.

The best bit:

You're not legally required to have copy protection. Why not tell Macrovision to stuff it?

That was an option. But if there was no Macrovision license, we would run into a lot of copyright problems with things like remote access and "TiVo to Go" functionality. To innovate and give people more flexibility with broadcast content, we decided it was acceptable to allow content owners to apply protections to higher-value content.

DVR vendors are in between a rock and a hard place. Given the choice, I'd likely do the same thing Tivo has done. Getting Tivo-To-Go and continued innovation is more important than the "what might happen"'s that may come along down the road.

Posted on November 12, 2004

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