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Intimidation Works – This Time

Wired reports that the webmaster of Planet Replay, a ReplayTV user’s site, shut down the section of his site that facilitated sharing recorded programs between ReplayTV owners:

    On Thursday, Chad Little closed the sharing section of Planet Replay after being deposed by an attorney representing the entertainment companies that are suing Sonicblue, which manufactures ReplayTV.

    “Under the gaze of the entertainment companies, who can be litigious, that’s when we made the decision to take that part of the site down,” said Greg Klingsporn, Little’s attorney.

    ….”It was clear from the questions that the entertainment companies were interested in knowing what sort of data Chad had, or could gather, about people who were sharing shows and the shows being shared, and (that they were) interested in whether Sonicblue had any relationship with Chad,” Klingsporn said.

    Klingsporn said the entertainment attorneys’ questions were designed to find out whether Chad had user data in his possession. “They said at one point that they hoped (Chad) wouldn’t destroy that information,” he said.

The message on the Planet Replay site says:

    I gave my deposition testimony in the Entertainment Companies’ lawsuit against SonicBLUE on January 14th. Based on the questions they asked me at my deposition, the fact that I do not want my users to be sued or their privacy put at risk, and that I myself do not want to be sued, the portions of Planet Replay relating to the sharing shows have been taken down until further notice. Read more on this issue.

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More on ReplayTV and SonicBlue here, here, and here.

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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