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Feb/04

Plaintiff, All American Citizens Who Watch TV, Make Tactical Blunder


The Smoking Gun posts the complaint of a Knoxville woman who has filed a class action against Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, MTV, CBS, etc., on behalf of a class consisting of “all American citizens who watched the outrageous conduct” at the Super Bowl.”  Her theory is that the corporate defendants had an implied contract with every one watching, not to broadcast lewd and outrageous acts (paragraph 17).  Unfortunately, this plays right into the hands of the TV industry, which, now that we have admitted to the existence of an implied contract between us and the TV networks, will counterclaim that everyone who watches television has an implied contract not to use Tivo to skip commercials.  Background on one TV exec’s blinkwrap theory here.

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