Fox Suffers Court Setback in Effort to Block Dish Network’s AutoHop Service

Nov 8, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A U.S. District Court judge refused to grant Fox Broadcasting’s first attempt to block Dish Network’s AutoHop service, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq.

While the court order by Judge Dolly Gee is under seal and attorneys for both sides declined comment, the report says the preliminary injunction was refused. Nevertheless, the ruling might not be a total victory for Dish because the judge might accept some copyright infringement theories, the story adds.

"Both sides are presenting the ruling in the most favorable light," the report says. "Dish’s service has several features to it, and the judge’s decision likely has some nuance to how she sees different elements of the ad-skipping technology. According to sources, Gee’s ruling is a rather peculiar one, which remains under seal to allow both parties to redact certain confidential trade information."

Fox said in a statement that it is "gratified the court found the copies DISH makes for its AutoHop service constitute copyright infringement and breach the parties’ contract."

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