Fox Sues Dish Network Over Auto Hop Ad-Skipper

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Fox has sued Dish Network over its new Hopper service, which allows
consumers to skip television ads. At the same time, Dish has filed its
own lawsuit against all four broadcast networks seeking a declaration as
to the legality of its new service.

Fox issued the following statement on Thursday:

We were given no choice but to file suit against one of
our largest distributors, DISH Network, because of their surprising move
to market a product with the clear goal of violating copyrights and
destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television
ecosystem. Their wrongheaded decision requires us to take swift action
in order to aggressively defend the future of free, over-the-air

The Fox suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday
on behalf of Fox Broadcasting, 20th Century Fox Film Corp. and Fox
Television Holdings, accused Dish of copyright infringement and breach
of contract.

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