The company may also have chosen New York because the federal appeals court there ruled in August 2008 that Cablevision Systems Corp. (CVC) (CVC) could provide its customers with DVRs to record shows without authorization from the networks, Mitch Stoltz, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said in an interview. The EFF is an organization that lobbies for free speech online.
“The ruling enables remote home taping under the control of the customer without copyright violation,” said Stoltz. “That’s the law in New York. The networks are trying to limit that.”