A federal court overturned the order entered last month that required Sonicblue to write and install software to monitor what its customers were watching and report that information to the entertainment industry so they could scrutinize it for copyright violations. (See my item below on May 15 for some background; here’s an article about today’s ruling.) Although this is a nice victory for common sense, it’s not the end of this issue by any means. Count on the entertainment powerhouses to continue pressing in the courts and the legislatures to prevent all of us pirates from fast-forwarding through commercials or going to the bathroom during a broadcast.

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