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While a number of companies have reached out of court settlements with Forgent, EchoStar fought it out in court and won. TiVo's going a step further, and suing Forgent before the company can sue TiVo.
On May 17th, TiVo filed suit asking for a ruling showing that TiVo's technology does not infringe on Forgent's patent. While it might look like the move is a reaction to the EchoStar ruling, TiVo filed its lawsuit about a week before the courts ruled in that case.
Forgent says it's made about $28 million from settlements with other PVR companies, but almost half of that money was eaten up by legal costs.
[via TiVo Lovers]
So let's review. Cablevision wants to allow users to record, pause, rewind, and fast-forward live television. But rather than sticking a box with a hard drive in the customer's living room, Cablevision proposed having a bank of hard drives in a central location.
Here's how it all went down:
Paris Hilton taped a "funny" sketch on MTV (the article doesn't specify which show it was for) that showed her wearing a "What Would Paris Do" bracelet and taking the bracelet's advice by dancing with a cop to get out of a ticket. The segment was taped in January. The following month, Hilton was arrested for driving on a suspended license, and now she's threatening to sue MTV if they air the clip, which was meant to mock her drunk driving arrest from last September.
To summarize: Paris felt it was okay to mock her own drunk driving, but now that she's been arrested again the sketch is no longer funny but embarrassing. I would think she'd be more embarrassed by endangering the lives of other motorists by getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, but what the heck do I know?
Danson and Close have starred together in a drama before. They starred together in Something About Amelia, a 1984 made-for-TV movie that got them both nominated for Emmys and won Danson a Golden Globe.
Schindel pitched a similar show, called Law Dogs, to NBC in 2003 but it didn't even get a pilot order. Schindel says he never gave up, that this is "a show that needed to be done."
You know, I've never seen one episode of Boston Legal, even though I watched a few eps of The Practice (until it got a little silly), I'm from the Boston area, and I'm a big fan of both James Spader and William Shatner. Weird.
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